Lying on the equator, the various Indonesian islands, over 250 of them tell told tales of history and culture. From Batiks of Jogja to silversmith, bark cloth artisans of Sulawesi or the Dayak artisans of Borneo, every small city tells a tale through the eyes, hands and faces of its simple people.
Indonesian art forms can include designs traced back to early animistic beliefs, ancestor worship, Hindu or Buddhist influenced motifs brought by Indian traders, Chinese or Islamic symbols and beliefs. Foreign influence on Indonesian art forms was brought about by centuries of exposure to other cultures through trade.
Witness the wide variety of uses of natural woods, fibers, bamboo, rattan and grasses. Natural and chemical dyes, beads and other natural ornamentation are also frequently used, many of which have developed over time into distinctive art forms, which are unique to Indonesia.