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wonderful memories of vacations, the tukang and the fun of searching for the right piece.With the rupiah exchange rate so favorable against most foreign currencies - great bargains are to be found in Indonesia!Immigrants from China, India, the Arab world and later Europe traveled to the archipelago in search of the unique spices grown in Indonesia.These traders settled and brought with them rich artistic traditions which influenced the development of local art.Join a tour at the National Museum, visit the Textile or Keris museum and you will quickly discover the rich cultural heritage of Indonesian art.While at the Museum Nasional, pick up a copy of the National Museum Guidebook, published by the Indonesian Heritage Society for an excellent introduction to the collection.Plants, animals (mythological and real) and geometric forms are also widely used and represent specific meanings in particular art forms.
The rich artistic traditions of Bali, where traditionally each person must develop skills in a particular art form - be it dance, music, or visual arts has lead to the creation of a vibrant artistic community.
If you develop a love for a particular item, seek out others who share your new hobby/collecting and learn the history of the items together.
Expats who fall in love with a particular art form may even plan their travel through the archipelago around their special interest, tracking down and viewing the making of the items in their places of origin.
One of the most popular organizations in Jakarta for those who are interested in learning more about Indonesian culture is the Indonesian Heritage Society.
Amateurs become experts through research using their extensive library and participation in study groups.