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Travel Tips in penestanan

Penestanan 101

Penestanan is an old fashion hamlet just west of the Campuhan bridge, few-minute drive from the center of Ubud. Penestanan is the original home of the Young Artists, that was initiated by Dutch painter, Arie Smit, who settled here in the 1960s. He encouraged village children of Penestanan to experiment with Western subjects and techniques. The resulting works were bold and naive, characterized by "child-like" drawings that lack details and bright colors drawn with oil paint on canvas. They utilize unusual color for their objects, such as red for the sea, blue for human skin, yellow for the sky, etc. By the 1970s, it is attracted around three hundred peasant painters to produce paintings for tourists and collectors.

Penestanan is also home to the most skilful bead-workers on the island, adorning an amazing array of items from shoes and handbags to baskets, belts, caps, earrings and bracelets with hundreds of painstakingly strung beads. Their work is on sale in shops in Penestanan and across Bali.

However Penestanan is famous not just by the art and but also beautiful view of the rice terraces and river gorges. This picturesque panorama\ attract many foreigners and local to build residence here. You can enjoy the beautiful views, clean air and rustic village atmosphere by soft tracking among the rice fields and along the river. Having a stroll down the alley of Penestanan is also an interesting thing to do, you can see scores of painters and bead-workers at work, browse dozen painting and bead galleries, submerge in the daily life of Balinese or having a small talk with the locals.

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