The artistry of Balinese textiles with Ritz-Carlton, Bali


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Paying homage to the destination’s cultural effervescence, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali has unveiled a Sarong Concierge programme, further complementing its immersive Balinese experiences for its guests. Led by Tresna Dewi, the resort’s Sarong Concierge, this half-day journey invites guests to discover the different kinds of Balinese textiles and marvel at the creation process. Completing the experience, guests learn proper sarong etiquette, and ultimately, wear one amongst the local community with a cultural visit to the nearby Hindu Temple.

Admired for their beauty and artistry, textiles or Kamen in the Balinese language is a length of colourful fabric wrapped and tied around the body, often worn by men and women in Southeast Asia and the Arab peninsula. Sarongs are reflective of the historical traditions of Bali and are worn for many different types of occasions, including religious ceremonies, during school, and afterwards while at play. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bali will have the opportunity to honour this respected custom of the local community and Balinese culture with this newly launched programme.

Tresna, a highly-respected member of the local community, will showcase four kinds of fabric that are mainly used as sarong in Bali. This will include seeing samples of textiles and learning about the distinct characteristics of each sarong. After learning about the process, Tresna will lead the guests to an artisan workshop in Gianyar regency – renowned for arts and crafts – to see the behind-the-scenes production process of ‘Endek’, the capital’s official cloth, from the threading and spinning to dying, and the weaving process. Continuing the experience, Tresna then demonstrates the etiquette of wearing a Balinese sarong and walk elegantly, like the Balinese royals. With the knowledge of how to dress a sarong on their own, Tresna will guide them on a visit to a nearby Balinese Hindu Temple to see the beautiful décor and hand carvings, wearing their sarongs as intended just like the locals do.

“The most interesting element of the Sarong creation is the production of the textiles,” says Tresna Dewi, “I’m always fascinated to see the process of spinning thread one by one to follow the pattern, before it continues with the weaving process. I look forward to inviting guests into our culture by providing insight of this traditional Balinese style and how it integrates into the daily life in Bali.”

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