Sukawati Art Market is Bali’s most distinguished and long-standing art market. Known as 'Pasar Seni Sukawati' to locals, it’s where you can find and buy distinctively Balinese art items such as paintings and sculpted wooden figures, curios, handicrafts, and traditional handmade products. The 2-stored Sukawati Art Market was established in the 1980s and is located on the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road in Gianyar, approximately 20 km northeast of the main tourism hubs of Kuta and Denpasar.
The art market’s main building is often packed with shopping holidaymakers and locals sourcing household and daily necessities. It’s an alternative, inexpensive and complete shopping destination conveniently situated along most tour itineraries to the central and northern regions of the island.
What to buy at Sukawati Art Market
Items that you'll often encounter at Sukawati Art Market range from framed paintings, figurines, traditional woven textiles, traditional kites, handmade bags, women’s accessories, shirts, and sarongs to Balinese ceremonial items and daily local household items – all at reasonable prices.
Prices for Bali holiday cotton shirts vary depending on the motif, weave, and overall quality. Most of the fine paintings on sale here are generally imitations of the signature styles of various maestros, such as Antonio Blanco, Arie Smit, Bonet, and Han Snel. Even so, there are also some Kamasan style paintings worth looking at. Some small-scale A4-size paintings, some framed and some not, make for great easy-to-carry souvenirs.
At ground level, there are many stalls offering clothes, sarongs, and fabrics of different sizes, colors and patterns. These can be seen hanging from the ceilings and stacked neatly in piles. As turnover is relatively high, produced motifs are rarely the same from one time to the next.
Aromatic and aromatherapy items such as sandalwood oil-infused fans, incense sticks, and colorful jelly candles can be found in the back areas of the art market. Bedcovers are available in abstract designs and splashes of colors as well as in creative forms of artistry, depicting birds and wildlife or portraits of famous figures such as Gandhi and Lennon. Such eye-catching bedding is usually found on the front stalls of the art market.
Good to know about Sukawati Art Market
A rule of thumb on bargaining is to start at half the offered price, which is probably a lot closer to the actual production cost of the item itself. On your first visit, it’s better to spend some time browsing through the whole market for similar items of interest and compare to get a general idea of the prices.
Compared to other art markets in the island’s main tourism areas in the south such as Kuta and Nusa Dua, the prices offered at the Sukawati Art Market are widely considered by locals to be cheaper.
Besides the stalls, there are peddlers who actively offer their wares to visitors. Patience is needed, as it is easy to find yourself getting overwhelmed by their constant hassle.
To get a wholesale price and enjoy the fixed prices for each item, visit Pasar Pagi Sukawati (Sukawati Morning Market), a short distance west from the Sukawati Art Market. Open from 7 am to 11 pm, it also sells handicrafts similar to Sukawati Art Market.
Sukawati Art Market in Bali
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