Traditional Balinese Color Philosophy: The Mother Earth’s Color Decoration (Part 2)

‘Pepulasan’: Color Decoration Techniques in Balinese Interior and Architecture

The importance of color for the Balinese, causing every religious activity and social community associated with color as a philosophy message. In the context of coloring for interior and architecture decoration, in the Balinese Traditional Architecture there are techniques decoration applied to the building called ‘pepulasan’ techniques.
Color decoration in Balinese architecture generally reveal the natural color, color derived from the materials origin color. To form ‘lelengisan’ (decoration without engraving) and ‘pepalihan’ (decorations which basic shape of Balinese ornament). The beauty of natural colors is a protrusion of the beauty of material origin color, texture and character. The grace and color harmony of natural stone types or wood type which is carved. Just as Ornaments of metal inlay on gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze, supported also by metal origin color. Continue reading
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Balinese Traditional Color Philosophy : The Color of Life (Part 1)

Introduction

What do the colors means by the Balinese People? certainly the answer will variable, but in philosophy, in Bali the color becomes a necessity in symbolize the religion elements or ritual relationing to God. If the color associated with the arts, the art of the Balinese is the breath of life. The whole life of the Balinese can’t be separated with the arts.
This unique philosophy and ritual is very rich with artwork and symbolism, that make Hindu religion in Bali is different from the Hinduism origin in India . In Bali the mixing of various philosophies (such as Taoism, Confuciusism, Buddhism, Tantric, Animism, Dynamism, etc) make Balinese Hindu religion getting rich with the philosophy, implemented by an unique ritual manifestation. Associated with the use of color, The Balinese using colors as symbols in all religious ritual that held, this proves that the Balinese people reached high level of public awareness in art.
Many Balinese Hindu religious rituals or religious teaching is represented with an interesting implementation which using color as symbolism. So in Bali the color as a media/symbol to learning the philosophy of Balinese Hindu Religion.
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Kori Kuwadi: Balinese Traditional Door

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Introduction

Kori Kuwadi is a traditional Balinese doors that are relics of traditional Balinese architecture. In old days, Kori kuwadi is only owned by the Royal Family and the Brahmanas( Balinese Hinduism priest) and is usually placed on the building saka roras (12 poster building). Kori kuwadi but now mass produced and can be used in general public.

The Concept

Kori Kuwadi is a traditional Balinese door has two doors in one frame holes, namely at the bottom there is a wooden cross called dedanga. The ‘kori’ word comes from ancient Javanese language which means a door, while ‘kuwadi’ means hemisphere (mardiwarsito: 147.153). If interpreted by epistemology, the word ‘kuwadi’ means a hallway door that has a door that split into two parts. Continue reading

The Indian Vedic’s Fengshui :Vastu; Vastu Experts Tips And Ideas For Home Interior Design

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vastu mandal: vastu's diagram for better living

by interioguru

The Vedic ages were full of scientific explorations in the ancient India. This place was the epicenter of many scientific discoveries. In addition to this, Vastu can be mentioned as the most glorious invention. It can be named as the scientific art of better living.

The term Vastu signifies the living space for the gods and human beings. In this modern age, this scientifically nourished art of Vastu has been recognized as the essential criteria for constructing living spaces that includes houses, business premises, and temples for the deities etc. Nowadays Vastu experts are great demand for advising the positive aspects of lands being purchased for constructing homes or business premises. Though, the Vastu applications are wide-spread in different dimensions but, we will take look at the most practical and useful tips for our homes: Continue reading

African Inspiration To Your Home Interior

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by Roy Primm

An African  Room or accent  can help anyone can add spice and life to their home or apartment.  More people are starting to recognize the value of this adventurous decor.  Whether you choose accent pieces liven up what you already have or centerpieces that can dominate a room, there’s something to meet every taste and budget.

You can choose a wooden sculpture, hand-made in Kenya, a colorful hand sewn basket weaved in Ghana or pottery handmade in South Africa.  There’s nothing like a accent piece made, fashioned and polished by hand to set off any piece of furniture, an empty wall or a bare corner of any room in your home. Continue reading

Artistic Taste for Asian Furniture

by Eugene Yeng Aik Ngin

With the feng shui movement now deeply engrained in the Western culture, amateur and professional decorators are turning to Asian-inspired décor to complement their new found respect for all things eastern.

This passion for the Far East goes beyond throwing a few silk pillows onto a bed or putting a bamboo wall hanging in the dining area; it extends into furniture, too. And it’s no wonder – traditionally Asian designs mix contemporary simplicity with a millennia-old love of the organic. The resulting designs are functional, but also warm and luxurious.

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Tips for Buying Balinese Woodcarving

by Sidarta Wijaya

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Balinese culture has been wellkown as one of unique culture in the world. The unique and strong characteristic makes the Balinese culture are fits to choose as interior themes. Lots of philosophy attached on Balinese cultural product, but  if you use in good respect, that will enrich your home interior theme. One of the cultural product in balinese is woodcarving. Balinese woodcarving artist is one of the best wood carving artists in the world because of the original pattern design, works and finishings. Wood carving for the balinese are part of aesthetic needs, the Balinese place woodcarving as a offering to god or some one who very respected in the community. In old days woodcarving only use in respected areas such as temples and palace. Maybe in this article you will thinking about using balinese woodcarvings to enrich your home interior. Wood carving in balinese formed in statues, handcrafts, masks, furniture etc.

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