Guest Post: Preserving Balinese Tradition with Ethically Sourced Bones

Guest Post: Preserving Balinese Tradition with Ethically Sourced Bones

Written by Skull Bliss, an online shop selling exquisite, ethically sourced artistic animal skulls to support local Indonesian artists.

When we found the amazing skill decorations with their breath-taking carvings in Bali, we were just in awe of the extraordinary craftsmanship and unique artwork.  From then on, we decided to create an online shop to spread the word about these gorgeous animal skulls as we wanted to give the Master Carvers a platform to offer their art to the world.

Demon Bull Skull.  Photo courtesy of Skull Bliss.

Demon Bull Skull. Photo courtesy of Skull Bliss.

It is a Balinese tradition to use an animal skull in order to transform it into an eternal piece of artwork which has a long, well-respected history in Indonesian society.  They no longer wanted to waste the by products of an animal after it was used for food so they started to clean the bones, bleach them and carve symbols and ornaments into them, usually religious in nature.

Horse Tribal Skull.  Photo by Skullbliss.

Tribal Horse Skull. Photo by Skullbliss.

Creating these stunning skull records takes about 6-8 days total. The sketching and preparation of the bones alone takes 2-3 days.  After applying the beautiful carving, the animal skulls need to get a finish and dry in order to prevent cracks during shipment.

Ganesha Bull Skulls. Photo courtesy of Skull Bliss.

Ganesha Bull Skulls. Photo courtesy of Skull Bliss.

We take pride in supporting Balinese artists which gives them an opportunity to follow their passion, creating art while providing for their families.  We’re also proud to keep a Balinese tradition alive.  ‘SkullBliss’ offers unique art, where each animal skull tells it’s own story so you will never get tired of admiring the decor.

 

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