The Apurva Kempinski Bali is no stranger to honouring the cultural heritage of Indonesia. Since opening its doors back in February, this grand property has been charming the world with its meticulous craftsmanship in the refined characteristics of Indonesia-inspired interior design and architecture. When it comes to the appreciation of Indonesia’s craftsmanship, this five-star resort shares the same vision as its honorary art advisor, Happy Salma.
Their passion in cultural arts was reflected in the collaboration from the pair. On 25 August 2019, The Apurva Kempinski Bali and Happy Salma’s brand Tulola jewelry launched a craftsmanship exhibition that showcases the newest collection of Tulola, “Perjalanan, Kenangan”, as well as the crafted products and demonstration by Asha Curated Boutique & Gallery, at the resort’s Amala and Kimaya Chapels. With various arts and crafts on display, visitors were invited to browse the diverse collection, even participated in the making process.
In association with Happy Salma’s jewellery brand, Tulola, The Apurva Kempinski Bali also took the opportunity to conduct a “Special Recognition of Craftsmanship Award”, an appreciation to the Indonesian curators and artisans who have been dedicating their lives to the Indonesian art, culture and heritage. A special award is bestowed upon two important figures in the archipelago’s craftsmanship and artisanship, Desak Nyoman Suarti, and Edward Hutabarat, whose creations were showcased amongst the many artworks displayed during the exhibition.
Emphasising the nation’s belief in Unity in Diversity, The Apurva Kempinski Bali establishes its distinctiveness as a true embodiment of Indonesia’s culture and craftsmanship, crafted by hundreds of Indonesian artisans. This celebration of Indonesia’s craftsmanship is held with the spirit of “curated”, one of the four pillars of the resort. A week full of craftsmanship celebration was organised from 26 – 31 August 2019 with numerous crafted products and a demonstration from Asha Curated Boutique and Gallery’s artists. The line of curated products are as follows: Tenun weaving and art of macramé from Tarum Bali, shell carving, ceramic making, and the artistic woven foliage.