Crafts that are handmade by people truly are special. There’s a bit of individualism in each piece of art they create. For example, the hand carved baby turtles wooden relief panel I got the other day from Indonesia is truly spectacular. It’s a great centerpiece to my living room, and it’s really neat to know it’s made by someone’s own hands with their own artistic vision.
The artist, Nyoman Karsa, really put effort into this wood carving. The artist thinks hard about what wood would be the best for the piece, since each type of wood has a different color, texture, and scent. This one is made out of suar wood, which is grown locally where Karsa lives. The artist also said they enjoy getting ideas from the environment and the community, so it’s really neat to think how turtles are an everyday sight in their environment.
Where I live, I’m nowhere near turtles. And yet, I have a gorgeous piece right here in my living room. It looks really nice on the wall, where everyone can see it. It makes me smile when I see it, and I think it instills happiness when others see it, too. So if I ever need a gift idea, I think having Indonesian crafts for gifts would be swell.