<< The Artisan Craft of Making Sarong in Bali >>

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<< The Artisan Craft of Making Sarong in Bali >>

Sarongs are the lovely, soft covering you wrap yourself in when going from the changing room to the massage tables at Jari Menari. For 17 years, we have used the same sarong maker to provide us with these stunning, colorful, luxurious wraps. Watching the process of a sarong being made is so fabulous, I wanted to share it with you.

Martin, The Sarong Man, as he is affectionally called, lives just 30 minutes from Jari Menari, running the factory his father started in 1982. The hand stamped, batik process, is complicated yet simple, perfected over the years, and complimented with one-of-a-kind, purpose created machinery that makes the process work smoothly.

To start making a sarong, a carved, copper metal stamp is created and that image will be placed, numerous times, on the sarong. Jari Menari, selected a bamboo cluster, and that stamp has been used since the first day we opened. The process begins by warming and melting the wax, mixing it with pine sap, in a basin, and then heating the wax until the correct temperature is achieved. The metal stamp is then dipped in the molten wax and when the stamp emerges out of the dripping wax bath, it is directly stamped on the white, 100%, first quality, sarong material, in a random pattern.

The sheath of material, usually 20 meters, is stamped and as the wax dries, the dye colors are mixed.The imported powders are weighed out to the gram to get consistency in colors. The blended colors are then mixed into the water bath.

The material is then run through the special custom-designed machines, on rollers, and through the vat of color, several times to achieve consistency. The material is then rolled around a pole and wrapped, to completely absorb the colors.

The material is then run through the special custom-designed machines, on rollers, and through the vat of color, several times to achieve consistency. The material is then rolled around a pole and wrapped, to completely absorb the colors.

The process continues with the material being dipped into a vat of boiling water, to remove the wax , leaving the white pattern where the wax has melted away.

The material is left to dry in the sun and later will be cut and sewn, before being delivered to Jari Menari. The process is fascinating to watch as the young men perform their magic on the colors and materials, hand crafting the beautiful sarongs we use each day.

At Jari Menari we are very appreciative of the work that is done by Martin and his team. Over the years we have worked with our clients to create their own custom designs, making sarongs for use in spas around the world.

We recommend a sarong over a towel for the soft feel and ease of moving the top sheet during the session. If you would like to have custom make sarongs, please drop us a line. We are happy to share these beautiful cloth art pieces with you and the share in the fun of designing your own image.

Jari Menari is Bali’s leading massage center and the only establishment of its kind to offer training programs as well as treatments. The spa was founded on Seminyak’s thriving Basangkasa strip in 2001, quickly earning the attention of wellness enthusiasts across the globe for its independently developed massage technique and highly-acclaimed all-male practitioner team.

The Jari Menari sequence, crafted in-house by technical advisor Susan Stein, addresses the body with long, flowing, connective strokes. “We believe in massage as a healing art,” says Susan.

“The practitioners lead you to a relaxed state, where through your own deep breath, aches and pains are released as you decide to let them go.”

The center’s staffing ethos opens a world of opportunity for skilled male practitioners, who are often overlooked in spa and wellness circles, despite their immense talent. Jari Menari’s recent accolades include Best of Bali Magazine’s Best Massage, and Best Spa Team in AsiaSpa magazine’s annual Spa Awards. Seventeen years down the track, it continues to uphold its reputation as Bali’s finest house of massage.

Peter Pan