10 Top Indonesian Souvenirs

Indonesia is a beautiful and unusual country with its original culture. You can bring different souvenirs from Indonesia, but there are so many varied things and bright craft that many tourists are lost in the great options. That’s why many tourists do not know what is better to buy as a memory of the trip.

 

1. Batik

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The process of making batik is very complicated. Masters create drawings using dashes or wax points on a smooth white fabric made of cotton, linen or silk. Traditional color is made of the vegetable origin. The fabric for batik, painted with similar colors, never fades and retains its unique flavor.

 

It is interesting to know that each province of Indonesia has its own pattern. That’s why batik from Bali is easy to distinguish according to its stylized images of buffalo, birds, masks, and characters of the Indonesian theater of the Vayang.

 

2. Statues made of Bone and Wood

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The inhabitants of Indonesia have been preserving the skill of carving in stone, wood, and bone for a long time. The figures they create become real works of art and cost hundreds of dollars. But do not worry: if you are not inclined to carry your two-meter statue to your friends, you can choose from many small and less expensive statues.

 

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3. Wicker Furniture

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Another colorful, but large-sized gift to friends or themselves is wicker furniture. Local craftsmen create the furniture from palm leaves, grapevines and rattan masterpieces, tables, baskets and kitchen utensils.

 

A similar gift can cost from $ 20 (in a quiet village), up to $ 200 in a tourist area.

 

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4. National Weapons

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Peaceful and friendly Indonesians are sure that every man should be able to use weapons. Of course, it’s not like that nowadays, but the tradition prescribes them to have a kris at home – a national dagger with the title of “tongue of flame.”

 

An exotic weapon could be an excellent gift for men thanks to the unusual form. The cost of such a souvenir depends on the master who made the blade and the quality of the finish. The simplest specimens cost about $50, and those whose hilt and sheath are covered with precious stones reach several thousand dollars.

 

5. Cosmetics

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Indonesian cosmetics can be a unique gift. It’s not easy to choose among the many jars and bottles sold in specialized stores and pharmacies, because of the hundreds of flavors. And it is almost impossible to understand which ingredients are used for a particular product.

 

However, in tourist areas, you can find shops with English-speaking sellers and at least partially understand the contents and purpose of tempting bottles.

 

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6. Silver Products and Precious Stones

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Numerous ornaments of precious stones and silver are sold in Indonesia at incredibly low prices. However, if you want exclusivity, do not buy them on beaches. It’s better to buy jewelry in the authors` shops, where masters work in front of the customer. So, you can buy a unique piece of jewelry, household items or dishes there.

 

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7. Food & Beverage

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Tourists often take exotic fruits as a souvenir from Indonesia. It is not prohibited, however, if you have a long flight, it is better to choose the most solid or unripe ones, otherwise, they may not survive until you reach home.

 

Also, local honey with the consistency like a thick cream could be a good souvenir. Tea and coffee are useful gifts. By the way, tea can only be green with the aroma of jasmine, and Indonesian coffee is very strong and bitter.

 

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8. Amulets

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Unusual amulets and talismans created by local artisans are a good souvenir from Indonesia. Amulets of various shapes are a very popular type of manufactured product among Indonesian masters, and they are designed to attract good luck and repel evil spirits. As amulets, craftsmen make braided or carved ritual masks, which, according to local beliefs, have magical powers. Small figures of deities or mystical characters, dolls of vayang or stylized musical instruments carved from wood by craftsmen, can also carry a sacred meaning and will become a very appropriate purchase in Indonesia.

 

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9. Vayang Dolls

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Vayang is a traditional Indonesian theater. There are dozens of varieties of vayang, but the most famous is the Vayang Kulit Purvo, which makes a shadow effect from flat leather dolls on a white screen.

 

Vayang dolls are made of rawhide, which is made of parchment ivory, and then painted in five primary colors: white, yellow, blue, red and black, often with the abundant use of gilding. Perhaps, vayang dolls are the most traditional souvenirs from Indonesia, and especially Bali.

 

10. Oils and Incense

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They are called jamu in Bali and are sold everywhere. However, it is not recommended to buy oils and sets of incenses in the street because you can’t know the real quality. It is better to buy oils and incenses in specialized stores.

 

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Keep in mind: While choosing souvenirs, buying food or even catching a taxi, always bargain for a better price. In tourist places, prices are usually higher by two times, so it’s worth to spend a few minutes to get the item you liked at a real cost.

 

Enjoy wonderful Indonesia!

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