Bali culture is deeply rooted in their love for arts and music. It’s what makes this little island so unique (and fun!). One of the most well-known types of Balinese music is gamelan, a musical ensemble that includes muscians playing instruments such as xylophones, drums, gongs, bamboo flutes, plucked strings, and sometimes vocalists. The word gamelan is taken from the Javanese word gamel which translates to “to strike or hammer.”
This photo is of a gamelan circle and was taken by our designers on their inspiration trip to Bali. To view more of their photos visit our Flickr page.
Gamelan predates the Hindu-Buddhist culture. According to Javanese mythology, it dates back to the Saka era 167 (230 AD). Sang Hyang Gura was the Java god who ruled from a palace on the Maendra mountains in Medangkamulan (now Mount Lawu). He used a gong to summon the gods, however he needed a way to send them more complex messages. Therefore, he created two gongs forming the first gamelan set.
Our designers heard beautiful gamelan musicians during Balinese legong and monkey chant performances. They were even invited to view a gamelan practice circle. Below is the video one of our designers captured of this intimate moment.
Have you heard of gamelan before? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, Bali Rocks! This little island known for its music was also home to one of the most famous rock bands you’ve never heard of, Dara Puspita.
Dara Puspita defied the norm by being the first all-female rock band who could both sing and play instruments all the while putting on wild stage shows. (We told you, Bali Rocks!!!) The band first formed in 1964 and continued occupying radio waves until 1972 when they played their last show. Dara Puspita revolutionized both music and culture in Bali, taking inspiration from both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, whose music was banned in Indonesia at the time. In a country overtaken by the music culture, in 2007 Dara Puspita was featured as #20 in the Indonesia Rolling Stones list of the top 150 Indonesian greatest albums of all time with their hit record Jang Pertama- quite a feat!
These ladies created some go-go inspired jams that will surely ignite your inner wild child. Rock-out with your family and play some of Dara Puspita’s greatest hits for free here: http://bit.ly/xKlNwo. These tunes are perfect for inspiring some arts and crafts, or better yet, listen to them when coloring Tea’s cultural activity printouts. Though, we will warn you, with these head-banging jams coloring time could easily turn into a dance party!
What’s your take? Will you and your family be listening to Dara Puspita?
This week we showed you how to mix and match with the best of them- no color or pattern combination is off limits! Today, we want you to take our print mixing lesson and let it inspire your art. Color the Bali cultural activity printout below and show us how you play with colors and patterns!
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us how much you <3 Bali!
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On their inspiration trip, our designers experienced bold patterns and vibrant colors throughout the Balinese culture.
The photos above were taken from our Bali inspiration trip. To view more inspiration photos, visit our Flickr page.
Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, so when it’s not raining it’s very dry and humid. Therefore the locals wear lightweight cotton and silk which they’ll drape into sarong styles. Their wardrobe isn’t limited to matching, as they’ll mix prints in order to style multiple bright colors and patterns. In the Balinese culture, elaborate and ornate textiles symbolize status so the more eye-catching print mixing, the better!
With print mixing as this season’s latest trend, our designers jumped to the task of creating designs that incorporated the colorful Balinese spirit with the lovely patterns and textiles into our Spring collection.
How inspired are you? Will you be including print mixing in your Spring wardrobe?
The fashionistas above certainly make a statement with their bold looks. We love their stylish flair and have incorporated print mixing in our Spring Collection. Our outfits can be mixed, matched, and outfitted to your child’s personal style.
How do you fashionably mix-and-match patterns? Share your style advice with us in the comments section below.
In Bali dancing isn’t just for ladies. The Balinese men have important roles in these traditional dances too. In the Ramayana Monkey Chant dance, the male dancers will depict an famous battle from Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit poem. One of the most sought after roles in this battle dance is that of Sugriwa, the monkey king.
These are pictures that our designers took of the monkey king during their Bali inspiration trip. To see more of our inspiration trip photos, visit our Flickr page.
As former king of the monkeys, Sugriwa heroically helped Rama save his wife Sita who was being held prisoner by the Rakshasa king Ravana. He made an alliance with Rama that if he could successfully help Rama and Sita reunite, Rama would have to help Sugriwa return to the post of king of all monkeys, a title his brother viciously stole from him after a misunderstanding. Sugriwa was able to help Rama and Sita reunite safely and was returned to the post of monkey king. We thought that Sugriwa’s heroism and kindness should be honored in our Bali Safari Spring Collection.