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  • Prapen Jewellery in Bali

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    Prapen Jewellery is a major design house, manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of contemporary gold and silver jewellery, located in the gold and silversmiths neighbourhood of Celuk village, Gianyar regency. The famous jewellery production and family business started in the 1940s, and run for four generations.

    Its name is taken from the word perapian or ‘furnace’ in the local tongue - the working place of a metalworker. Prapen is owned and managed by a member of the Pande Mas, the ancient clan of Balinese smiths who work with gold and precious metals. Prapen today is a centre of traditional Balinese silversmiths with an international clientele.

  • There are several series of Prapen collections. The Ashanti Collection is inspired by the beads of the African Ashanti tribes, featuring coiled wire, and granulation and handcrafted in sterling silver. The Bun Collection celebrates the delicate curls of fern tendrils emerging from Bali’s forest floor, featuring stylized frangipani blossoms.

    The Ikatan Collection borrows the weaving techniques used to create traditional Balinese baskets. Sterling silver wire is woven into flexible jewellery. Each necklace can take up to a week to complete. The Nautilus Collection, inspired by the ocean, features rippling curves and seashells, each handcrafted in sterling silver and with hammered dots representing grains of sand on the shore.

    Good to Know about Prapen Jewellery

    Granulation, a technique used extensively in the design of Prapen’s jewellery pieces, is an integral part of the Celuk design heritage. It is a process involving the ‘soldering’ of hundreds of tiny granules of metal onto a base. The process requires a high level of patience, caution and attention to detail.

    Prapen’s owners are Celuk village residents and are members of the Pande clan, specially known as skilled smiths. The family’s seniors were metalworkers of items mainly used for ceremonial and household uses.

    With the advent of tourism, the family pioneered the silver jewellery scene and in the 1980s almost everybody in Celuk saw the expanding business opportunities. People who owned land beside the main road soon opened up their own art shops. The craft is passed down from generation to generation but designs are never the same as they constantly evolve.

    Visitors may view the process of creating jewellery in Prapen’s open workshop. Also, you can reserve a seat to learn how to make your own pieces. Prapen Jewellery provides private classes to those willing to learn a few rare techniques or in a subject that most interests guests, for example, granulation.

    Prapen Jewellery

    • Address: Jalan Jagaraga 66, Celuk, Gianyar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 291 333
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