Bali Low: Crafts For A Song

Bali can't match Hawaii's tropical beaches, reefs, and sunsets. But as a cultural paradise, Bali is unparalleled. Balinese kids learn to carve, paint, and dance before they learn to read. Each village in this Hindu enclave in Muslim Indonesia specializes in an artistic discipline, from wood carving to batik. Now, with the rupiah devalued by 80% since the onset of the Asian financial crisis last year, Balinese art is ridiculously affordable. Batik baby outfits sell for $1, while elaborately carved hibiscus wood statues go for $10 to $50. "Everything is so cheap, you almost feel as if you're stealing," says Doveen Schecter, an expatriate American living in Hong Kong.

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