Bali: Day 3: Monday 10 September 2012

11 09 2012

Up early again this morning. It was very still and very smoky (from rainforest burning in Java?). We had booked a minivan and driver for the day and he picked us up promptly at 8:30. Off we went to Ubud, via Sanur.

The first stop was a batik demo place and HUGE store (Sari Amerta in Batubalan) — really interesting and a great range of stuff in the store, but no batik quilting cottons.

I expected the drive to Ubud to be very rural, but it wasn’t — all the roadside areas were populated except for some very small patches of rice paddies (the rice was ready for harvest or had just been harvested). The closer we got to Ubud, the more stone carving places and art galleries we passed.

Our first stop in Ubud was meant to be the markets, but they are in the process of pulling them down. Next door was a smaller version of the old markets — very crammed and lots of bartering going on. I ended up getting a sarong for AU$5 (started at $15), and a couple of other sarongs I can use for quilting also for AU$5 each. Sarongs are about 2.25 metres long, so that’s a great price for fabric!

After some more fresh fruit juices in lieu of lunch (my intake of fruit has increased exponentially since we’ve been here 😉 ), we headed back down to Denpasar to check out a fabric store in the Denpasar market area that I’d been told about. Fortunately, I had the address otherwise I could have been looking for ages and not finding it. After driving through some very narrow roads behind the main markets, we parked and had to walk through some very narrow lanes to get to the ‘street’ the fabric stores are on. Most had dressmaking fabrics — lots of silks, suiting etc. But as I had an address (THANK YOU, FLORA!), we were able to go straight to the place. And what a motherlode/treasure trove it was!!! All quilting batiks were 24,000 RP (about AU$2.50) per metre, with a minimum length of 1 metre.

I bought: 13 single metres, seven 2-metre lengths, about 3 odd lengths (e.g. 1.75 m), 3 jelly rolls (AU$13 each), and 3 fat quarter packs (AU$16 for 18 fat quarters). Total: around AU$160!!! Quilting batiks are about $20-$30 a metre in Australia, and about $6 to $7.50 per fat quarter…. You do the math! There were a couple of ladies (with husbands in tow) from Goulburn, Victoria, buying up a huge amount of stock for their store. Not surprising considering the price. They said that 7 metres = 1 kg baggage weight, but I’m not sure of the accuracy of that.

The address of the store is 19 Sulawesi St, Denpasar (markets), Bali.

From Denpasar, we headed back to the resort. The traffic is amazingly frantic and apparently chaotic, but surprisingly organised, though some of the things people carry on motorbikes has to be seen to be believed…

We got back to the resort around 5 pm, then had an early dinner over the road at the Laguna Garden restaurant. AU$43 for the four of us — again, 2 starters (samosas, satay sticks), 3 mains (beef rendang, BBQ pork spare ribs, pulled spicy chicken), 2 desserts (banana fritter and creme caramel) plus 4 fresh fruit juices.

More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/collections/72157631547384389/


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2 10 2012
Lisa

Did you see much black, white and grey in the batiks? I don’t see much in the dark neutrals here in perth, wondering if you can even get these or if it is just that the importers don’t choose to bring them here?

2 10 2012
Rhonda

Hi Lisa

I wasn’t looking for those colours, so I couldn’t say. They did have a lot of fabric — including a lot of darks. But black/grey? Can’t recall. Whites? Possibly — they definitely had a lot of light creams.

1 10 2013
Dawn C.

What a great experience!

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