\u201cThere is no limit to creativity\u201d \u2013 these cliched words come alive with these palm leaf baskets that have been decorated with beads \u2026\nWhen the first artist created this the thought flow might have been as follows:\n \u201cSo what should I do next? Let me embroider \u2026What shall I use as a medium?\u00a0 Cloth? Nah \u2013 instead, let me use the palm leaf basket there. Oh \u2013 look what I found in the needlework box \u2026 some beads!! Let me use those as well in the art.\u201d\nSo someone produced a work of new art once upon a time. As diffusion of this innovation occurred, it gained popularity and came to be adopted by the entire Hindu community of Bali.\nAnd as it is in countless examples,\u00a0 this art came to be associated with religion and these decorated bowls\u00a0became the\u00a0 offering bowl for the gods. Maybe it is the fact that associating any activity with religion justifies and ratifies the extensive investment of time, effort, money and soul that is required in creating artworks.\nThe Medium:\nThe inner side of the basket reveals the medium that is used as the base for the bead-embroidery.\n\n\nThe Craft & the Beadwork:\nThe stitches that are laid have two purposes 1) to connect the lontar strips 2) to attach the beads and other embellishments to the lontar strips in an artistic manner.\n\nFinally after the struggles that must have been faced in executing the craft, we finally have the art!\n\n\nOld Offering Baskets worthy of the Gods!!\njm\nMay 2016\n\nThe post Daily Art Fix \u2013 Lontar Baskets appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.