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A Celebration Of Indonesian Craftsmanship At The Apurva Kempinski Bali

September 11, 2019 Resort News No Comments Email Email

The Apurva Kempinski Bali is no stranger to honouring the cultural heritage of Indonesia. Since opening its doors in February, this grand property has been charming the world with its meticulous craftsmanship in the refined characteristics of Indonesian-inspired interior design and architecture. When it comes to the appreciation of Indonesia’s craftsmanship, this five-star resort shares the same vision as its honorary art advisor, Happy Salma.

The property’s passion for cultural arts was reflected in an exciting recent creative collaboration.

On 25 August 2019, The Apurva Kempinski Bali and Happy Salma’s brand Tulola jewellery launched a craftsmanship exhibition that showcases the newest collection of Tulola, “Perjalanan, Kenangan”, as well as the crafted products and demonstration by Asha Curated Boutique & Gallery, at the resort’s Amala and Kimaya Chapels. With various arts and crafts on display, visitors were invited to browse the diverse collection, and participate in the making process.

In association with Happy Salma’s jewellery brand, Tulola, The Apurva Kempinski Bali also took the opportunity to conduct a “Special Recognition of Craftsmanship Award”, an appreciation of the Indonesian curators and artisans who have been dedicating their lives to the Indonesian art, culture and heritage. A special award was bestowed upon two important figures in the archipelago for their craftsmanship and artisanship, Desak Nyoman Suarti and Edward Hutabarat, whose creations were showcased amongst the many artworks displayed during the exhibition.

Art has always been an essential part of Desak Nyoman Suarti’s creative endeavors. She grew up immersed in traditional – Balinese art, surrounded by artists, musician, actors and dancers. Suarti’s father was a painter and her mother was recognised as one of the mesmerising traditional drama players in Bali. Her fashion and jewellery career developed in New York, where she studied design at New York University. She was later discovered by Henri Bendel – New York’s luxury brand icon, who put on a show of Suarti’s magnificent creations which eventually drew the world’s attention. Since then, she has received offers to design jewellery collections at several top fashion brands while participating in trade shows and appearing on home-shopping networks. After arriving back to Indonesia in 1990, she started the Suarti Design Center and established the Luh Luwih Foundation which encourages Balinese women to explore the Balinese arts.

In the competitive and fast-paced world of fashion industry, Edward Hutabarat remains consistent in keeping his vision in preserving the Indonesian culture and heritage. Known for his idiosyncratic idealism, Edward, whose friends call him Edo, has organised prestigious exhibitions, including Tangan – Tangan Renta Lurik Indonesia and the recent Glorious of Palembang. Edo started his career in fashion designing in the 1980s and he was asked to develop Jambi Batik and Songket. Since then, he has developed a passion for the archipelago’s traditional fabrics and always incorporates the Indonesian heritage and craftsmanship into every masterpiece he curates.

Emphasising the nation’s belief in Unity in Diversity, The Apurva Kempinski Bali establishes its distinctiveness as a true embodiment of Indonesia’s culture and craftsmanship, created by hundreds of Indonesian artisans. This celebration of Indonesia’s craftsmanship was held with the spirit of “curated”, one of the four pillars of the resort. A week full of craftsmanship celebrations was organised from 26 – 31 August 2019, with numerous crafted products and a demonstration from Asha Curated Boutique and Gallery’s artists. The line of curated products were as follows: Tenun weaving and art of macramé from Tarum Bali, shell carving, ceramic making, and the artistic woven foliage.

“This exhibition is not merely an event. This is a part of our long, continuous journey to honour and preserve the wisdom of Indonesia that has been with us through generations. It is always a great joy of mine to be part of such an endeavour, and together with The Apurva Kempinski Bali, I look forward to bringing Indonesian culture and heritage to the forefront.”, highlighted Happy Salma, Art Advisor of The Apurva Kempinski Bali.

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