Hunting for Wooden Handicrafts at Gelulung Morning Market, Sukawati

Hunting for Wooden Handicrafts at Gelulung Morning Market, Sukawati

If you are a hobbyist of wooden craft, try to stop at Gelulung Morning Market, Sukawati. This handicraft art market is located in the west of Sukawati Art Market, about 12 km from Denpasar. This market opens from 06:30 to 11:30, so it is called morning market. The excellence is the knick-knacks or handicrafts and

If you are a hobbyist of wooden craft, try to stop at Gelulung Morning Market, Sukawati. This handicraft art market is located in the west of Sukawati Art Market, about 12 km from Denpasar. This market opens from 06:30 to 11:30, so it is called morning market. The excellence is the knick-knacks or handicrafts and souvenirs made of wood that are not offered by other art markets.

Various kinds of handicrafts are sold here, such as the statue of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, farmers, Balinese dancers, barong, mask, trees, birds and other animals. There are also statue of abstract style, paintings and knick-knacks for women such as bracelets, necklaces and rings. In addition, visitors can also find musical instruments of bronze, bamboo, coconut shell, cow leather and wooden fruits.

Although not being a part of the Sukawati art market, this morning market also sells mask, headdress, dance costume, beach clothes, and some other Bali products. Since it is a traditional market, the goods are sold at cheap price. Nevertheless, visitors should be good at bargaining when wishing to buy.

Visitors to this market are mostly art shop owners, merchants of Bali souvenir or the hotel management. They take handicraft products in large quantities to be resold. Foreign tourists often visit this market to buy souvenirs and be brought to their home country. “Morning Market becomes a favorite of foreign tourists for selling various Bali souvenirs at cheap prices,” said Nyoman Warti, a souvenir merchant.

Chief of Gelulung customary village, Wayan Parwata, said the Gelulung Morning Market has about 600 kiosks, but not all of them are sold. This market has existed long time ago, not a part of the Sukawati art market. Originally, this market was pioneered by many handicraft merchants from various regions in Gianyar that wanted to sell their products at Sukawati art market. They came early in the morning before the art market was opened. They sold haphazardly, so it looked chaotic and dirty.

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Seeing such conditions, the merchants in the art market complained and drove them away. The handicraft merchants were then moved to the west of the art market, precisely at the vacant land of Gelulung field around 1988. The handicraft merchants were then allowed to sell in the morning or before Sukawati art market opened. “The merchants at this art market buy handicraft to be resold in Sukawati Market, so they can not open until noon or may only sell if the art market is closed,” said Parwata.

After experiencing the development, it made cooperation with the government of Gianyar district in 1991, so there is a levy of 20 percent to the district government and 80 percent to Gelulung customary village. It is for market operating costs such as the development and improvement of the market.

“The number of buyers currently declines compared to the previous years. Honestly, now we are losing with sophisticated technology because guests can buy products through the internet so that they do not have to come to the market,” he said. (BTN/015)

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  • Ngurah Ubud
    November 23, 2017, 1:08 AM

    Semoga pasar traditional seperti ini kembali jaya waktu seperti jaman saya dulu

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