Manggis, Bali, Indonesia

Tenganan village in Bali & Ikat Weaving

It was at Tenganan Bali Aga village where I really saw what Balinese culture was about. Bali Aga village means a village that still hold the origin traditions and rules of ancient Balinese, and the people living in the village are “Bali Aga,” the original Balinese people. The village people still live the ancient Balinese lifestyle of using every means to keep their lifestyle pure and clean. Only Bali Aga people are allowed to live here, meaning only those people who were born in this village, and there are around 400 people still living in Tenganan village, an hour (or two, it's Bali after all) a ride away from the international airport in Bali.

The roosters roam the village, and women spend their days weaving double ikat fabrics in their small shops. You can smell smoke coming from kitchens, the food is still cooked on fire, like in many places in Bali. It's like stepping back in time, and truly experiencing Balinese culture and how it has been for centuries. I highly recommend visiting the Tenganan village, and remember to bring money to shop for the gorgeous double ikat fabrics and scarves to take home!

Read more about the village and how the double ikat fabric is made at http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2013/06/tenganan-village-bali.html

Tenganan village in Bali & Ikat Weaving