Jalan Raya Mas

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Mas is one of the prominent craft villages located just outside central Ubud, and it's mostly known for its wood carvings. Wood carving is an ancient tradition in Bali, and, until the 20th century, used to be reserved for devotional purposes alone. The interest shown by foreigners helped it broaden its scope to what it is today. This handicraft now encompasses everything from home decor to everyday utensils. There are many unique styles of woodcarving, but famous artists from Mas privilege the "elongated style": smoothly sanded hardwood comes to life into statues of soft contours and surreal shapes. I have a soft spot for the wooden "paintings". The intricate layering gives depth and brings the scene to life. The mastery required to carve such fine details never ceases to amaze me!

Jl. Raya Mas, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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