Painting on Rontal in Bali, Indonesia

The ancient art of writing and painting on Rontal palm leaf is still popular in Tenganan, Bali.

The image is drawn onto a leaf that has been boiled, pressed, and dried, then a sharp tool is used to impress the image along the outlines. Pigment is rubbed into the depressions.

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Recommended Guides:
Competent bilingual guides (with their own vehicles) are essential. Mr. Ignatius (Telephone 0816 683 202) was my excellent guide in Java. Rudy (arranged through Tutut) was my fabulous guide in Bali.

Recommended Books:
Batik: The Impact of Time and Environment, by H. Santosa Doella, published by Danar Hadi, Surakarta, Java, Indonesia, 2002, ISBN 979-97173-1-0.
Batik: Design, Style, and History, by Fiona Kerlogue, published by Thames & Hudson, London, 2004, ISBN 0-500-28477-6.

Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2007. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.