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Elegant in ebony, this long jersey knit top goes from casual to dressy. Its scoop neck and tapered hemline make the sleeveless tunic a versatile addition to any wardrobe. From Ketut Wida Haryati in Bali.
"I enjoy creating new designs for yoga, however they are versatile enough to be worn as apparel too!"
"I was born in a cool green farming village in Gianyar, Bali. I am the fourth of eight children. None of my brothers or sisters loves art except for me. Dancing and painting are two of my hobbies. From elementary school through secondary school I frequently performed Balinese dances both in school and outside school.
"I wanted to continue my studies at an art school, but my parents, brothers, and sisters didn't have the same opinion as I did. They wanted me to study something other than art as, in their opinion, art isn't the right way to make a good living. Thus, I studied economy.
"I worked at a bank in Denpasar and at a furniture company in Kuta, and from this I learned about doing business. Motivated by family, I started working on my own making varied shapes and motifs from ate grass.
"Here is a story about something that once happened to me. My love for art led me to create something new. At the time, people produced ate items in natural hues or colored with paint. I began experimenting and was able to produce a colored handbag without the use of paints or anything like that. (I have kept the process secret ever since.) I put my first creation, a beautiful handbag, in an art shop to see how people would like it. The next day a tourist from Japan came over and her guide, who was also a friend of mine, told her that the handbag cost two million rupiahs. I couldn't believe she wanted to pay so much for such a handbag. I could hardly tell her that the bag was not for sale – that it was my first creation and I wanted to keep it. That was the only time I ever said no to a buyer with a really good price.
"Sadly I've seen trends change, and demand for my ate bags has seriously decreased. What's more, the price of ate has increased so much I was unable to keep up so I've had to make a decision and work on something different. Fortunately I still had the facilities. I realized that demand for yoga wear has increased in Bali and that I had many ideas to create different designs for yoga apparel.
"I began by developing new ideas, and forming new collections, and the response has been good. I began working with cotton and rayon, but they didn’t seem to be so comfortable. When I switched to a rayon and Lycra blend, the response was great. I enjoy creating new designs for yoga, however they are versatile enough to be worn as apparel too!"
I bought the handbag ""Sunflower Magic"" and I absolutely love it. It is beautifully made and the colors and the wonderful design on the front have gotten me many compliments. The leather used in the middle section is of good quality and very soft. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Ketut!
I just wanted to let you know that I am VERY impressed and pleased with the purse that you created and made. Also, the packaging/wrapping was such a nice surprise. I put the postcard and straw art up on my wall at work - so I view it all the time. The purse is in use and I'm loving it! Thank you again - dyan
Independence, KY, USA
I love the way it was wrapped and the bag itself was absolutely beautiful. I will most definitely purchase more products from this artist. Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of the world.
Washington, DC USA
Dear Ketut Wida, I just received my beautiful new handbag and I love it!! It is so well made and lovely! Thank you and best of luck!! Gayane
Hampden, MA 01036
I was so happy to see the ""Peace Promise"" bag again. I purchased it last year with a few others handbags, and it was by far my favorite. I used it so much that I wore mine out. Also-LOVE the ""Peace Wishes"" handbag. I cannot stress enough-what quality and workmanship goes into these bags. Extremely happy as usual....Keep up the great job
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Ketut's designs are timeless and beautifully executed. Many thanks, Ketut, for sharing your rare talent with all of us!
I just received my peace bag yesterday by Fed. Ex. Oh my!! I was even nicer than the picture. It came beautifully wrapped with a handmade ornament on the package along with a hand signed postcard. It was so beautiful. The workmanship on it is incredible. I am now hooked, hoping to discover another treasure. Ketut did a absolutely fantastic job.
I just wanted to say how much I adore Ketut Wida Haryati's ate weaving, and want her to know I am hooked on her work! I especially love the cute ""beveled"" top on the new temple handbag 110759. I love the beveled roof-type look...WOW! .......As a thought, I wonder if she might consider putting little bottom drawers in her designs, or has this been done and I just don't know about it??. She makes me want to come visit Indonesia, her weaving is so special. Sincerely, Marianne Sites
Washington, Connecticut, USA
Dear Ketut Wida Haryati: Thank you for the beautiful Temple Basket purse. It it absolutely wonderful. The weaving is amazing and very strong-I will enjoy it for a very long time. You are a very talented artist.
My latest purchase from Novica was a 'Sakenan Temple' basket, and it 's really beautiful. I'll enjoy using it every day. Ketut Wida Haryati's pieces are most beautifully crafted !
camino, ca usa
I was not at all surprised by the creative design and excellent quality of the beautifully crafted ate plates which arrived today. I purchased the ""Falling Stars"" pair. The artist, Ketut Wida Haryati, has demonstrated her careful attention to detail and her talent for producing well constructed imagery. I am delighted to have discovered her work to add to my other Novica gems.
Ketut, Thank you very much for creating such a pretty bag. I arrived promptly and beautifully wrapped. Again, thank you. Keep up the good work.
Appleton, WI USA
I just received my ""present"", today, and it's perfect!! I will definately be ordering a lot more items in the future!! Thanks, Novica, for bringing a world of beauty into my home! Sincerely,
Pleasant Hill, CA
This is my second Ate grass handbag. I get more comments on them than anything else I have ever carried. Everyone is delighted to hear about them and their story. Thank you so much.
Thank you for the beautiful straw purse. It is so well made and I'll enjoy it for a long time. Mary