Shopping till you drop tours are available (with English-speaking tour guides) in Bali’s shopping meccas, but these are not for the faint hearted.
This is not the usual retail therapy, either. Women with a nose for high value artwork and gold and silver jewelry at great prices will do well here when seeking fine authentic art, traditional handicrafts, and colourful clothing as souvenirs for themselves or for those unlucky enough not to be travelling in the “Santucary of the (Shopping) Gods.”
Unique Indonesian arts, crafts, textiles, paintings and wood or stone carvings can be purchased in Ubud, which is a haven for artists. Most of what you’ll find here is very inexpensive compared to prices for similar products in the Western World, so shop your heart out for some one-of-a kind decorations and artwork for your home.
The textiles are real head turners if you don around town and wear on the return flight – if you can tear yourself away.
Supporting Women’s Weaving Cooperatives: Threads of Life Gallery
Threads of Life is a fair trade business that uses culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local materials and natural dyes. With the proceeds from the Threads of Life gallery, we help weavers to form independent cooperatives and to manage their resources sustainably.
More information: www.threadsoflife.com