A gold and silverworking center
just beyond Batubulan, noted for its delicately
detailed work and fine filigree-style silver pieces
produced with the simplest of hand tools. Wayan
Kardana and Wayan Kawi have earned solid reputations
as skilled artisans, but at least 1,700 silver-
and goldsmiths out of perhaps 2,500 on the whole
island live and work in the cottage industries of
Celuk. A skill passed down from father to son.
The classier showrooms are on the south side of
town, where prices are usually given in U.S. dollars
and credit cards accepted, practices that reveal
who their clientele are.
The smaller silver workshops in the back of the
village are cheaper. If heading toward Sukawati,
turn down either of the small lanes on the left,
just follow the tap-tapping of the small family
compounds. These workshops are always willing to
fill special orders and are quite capable of designing
modern jewelry, particularly if you provide a prototype
from which they can work.
They also offer their own contemporary designs
suited to European and American tastes. Some pieces
combine silver and gold. Request to view the craftsmen,
jewelers, and apprentices-numbering from one to
35-at work in the rear of the building.