While basket-weaving traditions are strongest in Lombok, they’re popular in Bali too. Woven boxes made of natural fibres in different sizes, with fitted lids, are useful for gifts and can be found in many shops in Ubud as well as at the market (though these are mostly produced in Tenganan in East Bali). You’ll still see women carrying these woven boxes on their heads to the temple on religious occasions, filled with offerings, and the baskets are also used to store rice and ornaments for ceremonies, though unfortunately, plastic bags have started to replace the baskets’ many other uses.

Indonesian baskets are made mostly of rattan, a native climbing plant that is strong and lasts for years. Bamboo and the leaves of the lontar palm are also popular.

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