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Ketut Karsini

Ketut Karsini

Handcrafted and painted albesia wood decor accessories in Bali and Java

"My father raised me to be independent and taught me to carve when I was young."

"My name is Ketut Karsini and I'm a woodcarver from Bali. Our island is famous as a tourist designation because of its... read more

"My name is Ketut Karsini and I'm a woodcarver from Bali. Our island is famous as a tourist designation because of its scenic sights and cultural traditions. I'm the fourth of five children in a family of woodcarvers. My father raised me to be independent and taught me to carve when I was young.

"When I was still in elementary school, I began painting wood sculptures. A friend taught me how to paint and I wanted to create something different from what my parents crafted. I learned from observing. Eventually, I began painting my parents’ sculptures, wall panels and masks.

"Unexpectedly, these carvings all sold out, which inspired me to create more items. As I learned to develop my skills, I came to love this work.

"My friends say I'm humble and diligent but a bit shy. My husband used to work in my parents' workshop before we got married. Now, we have three sons and they've encouraged us to be more responsible so they have a better future.

"Once, during a difficult time, when my eldest son became sick, my parents helped us buy milk for our children because we didn't have a car.

"Today, my husband and I work with other family members and twelve helpers. We use only manual tools, albesia wood and acrylic paint. We strive to create unique designs to set us apart from other artisans who create similar items."

8 items by Ketut Karsini

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Linda

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02/27/2021

"Love the sentiment"

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Great addition to a coastal or nautical decor. Perfect size.

Purchased Item:

Anchor Our Souls, Nautical Wood Wall Sign Crafted in Bali

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Barbara

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04/12/2020

"A favorite"

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I just love it! Goes well with my other turtle items.

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Nature

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  • Wonderful piece to add to my turtle decore

Purchased Item:

Sea Turtle Paddle, Nautical Wood Paddle Wall Art Crafted in Bali

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Steven

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01/26/2017

"Dolphin plaque"

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Colorful and well-received by a gift recipient who loves dolphins.

Purchased Item:

Dolphin Dive, Beach Theme Dolphin Wood Wall Sculpture Handcrafted in Bali

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Work Colleague
  • Occasion: birthday
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