Sustainable and Slow: the Art of Atta Crafts from Bali

Sustainable and Slow: the Art of Atta Crafts from Bali

Do you know about Atta or Ata crafts from Bali? At first glance, woven Atta crafts may resemble rattan to some. However, this unique material holds its own distinct charm and significance. Atta, with its long stems resembling rattan, thrives in the forests of Bali, particularly in the volcanic foothills near villages like Tenganan.

Atta is much stronger than Rattan and more rigid and structured than Straw, the weaving process are done by skilled workers, it is a work of art.

In Karangasem Regency, Atta weaving has become a significant source of livelihood, particularly for mothers who have inherited this cultural tradition through generations. Villages like Bungaya and Tenganan are renowned for their expertise in Atta crafts.

These handwoven Atta products, ranging from treys to baskets, hold a special place in Balinese households. Umah Decor proudly showcases these artisanal treasures from Tenganan village.

Crafting Atta Items: A Labor of Love

Step 1: Weaving: Atta grass, known for its durability and water resistance, is handwoven by skilled artisans. Each bag or basket takes several days to complete, reflecting the meticulous craftsmanship involved.

Step 2: Drying: After weaving, the newly crafted items are sun-dried for several days.


Step 3: Coloring: Achieving the beautiful golden brown hue involves smoking the items over coconut husk for days. This process requires constant attention to ensure even coloring.

Step 4: Final Touches: Handles, bows, and fasteners are meticulously added by hand. Each detail, down to the smallest stitch, is carefully crafted to perfection.

Step 5: Batik Lining (for bags): Adding to their beauty, each bag is lined with traditional Batik fabric, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia.

batik in atta bag


These slow-made atta woven craft are a superior product of Karangasem Regency in Bali, which is done by hand without using machines and has long-lasting material properties. Apart from that, this product is environmentally friendly because the waste from woven atta is easily recycled naturally so it does not cause environmental pollution.


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