A multicultural state is about Indonesia. Here, as in a colorful cauldron, dozens of nationalities, several religions, hundreds of traditions and customs are mixed, and therefore tours to this Asian state are so popular today. Acquaintance with the traditions of Indonesia allows the traveler to experience the whole world of diverse and amazing discoveries that the east is so rich in..
One of the most striking traditions of Indonesia is considered a special architecture, the style of which is very different from the continental Asian. Buddhist and Hindu temples are especially complex and majestic here, and the Borobodur religious complex is even listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage..
The houses of the Indonesians themselves were erected in a variety of styles, but light frame structures made of wood, whose roofs are covered with bamboo or reed, or even huts, are considered traditional. The Dutch colonialists introduced into the architectural traditions of Indonesia a little European style, recognizable, first of all, in the architectural elements of the palaces of the local nobility.
The diversity of cultures in Indonesia is reflected in arts and crafts. When choosing souvenirs for gifts to friends and colleagues, you should pay attention to the products of folk crafts common on the islands:
- Painted fabrics made using the technique of cold or hot batik can be bought in Java, Bali or Madura.
- The ritual daggers, called kris here, have a wavy blade made of multi-layer steel. Traditions in Indonesia require every man to carry such weapons, and blacksmiths forge them special for each individual. Chris serves as a talisman for any house, and there is an invisible connection between him and the owner.
- Leather goods are common in Java and Sumatra. Belts, purses or interior decoration items bought here can be an excellent gift for friends..
- Javanese bronze casting is a traditional Indonesian technique for making dishes, cups, trays, and ceramics from the island of Lombok is an important part of the interior in the homes of the local nobility..
- Natural fiber fabrics, ideal for making clothing for hot equatorial climates, are sold in Sumatra and Sulawesi. If time permits, you can also order clothes from the selected fabric, which local craftswomen will sew in just a few hours..