Co-operative Members Egg Painting Craft in Batuan Village, Gianyar, Bali
In Balinese culture, art, especially fine arts, is almost inseparable from the daily life of its people. art in Bali is very unique considering that Bali is very thick with existing arts and culture. Apart from being famous for its tourism, one of the attractions in Bali is the paintings and handicrafts. Art works in Bali have long been an attraction for Indonesians and the world. Many arts and crafts created by artists can be found in the Bali area, especially in the Gianyar Regency.
Egg Painting has a uniqueness that is by processing ordinary eggs to have high artistic value besides that Various kinds of decorative motifs from creative ideas that are produced are very unique and interesting, such as a combination of traditional motifs and modern, face painting, to the development of carved egg motifs. Later it can be designed and functioned as a night light. Generally use materials : duck eggs, goose eggs, ostrich eggs, cassowary eggs and for xxl size use wood. Agung Mandiri Cooperative has been 10 years since 2012 fostering its members who are engaged in this craft. Now there are approximately 4 egg painting craftsmen with 15 workers, they are aged from 50 to 75 years, and most of the craftsmen live and work in the area around the cooperative in Batuan Village.
The Tools And Materials:
The tools and materials used in making the art of egg painting in Batuan Village, Sukawati, include materials such as: sorted eggs, Chinese / Mangsi ink, acrylic paint, varnish, egg stands / mats, and the tools used include: pencils, drawing pens, brushes, sandpaper/glass paper, palettes, syringes, iron nails, bamboo sticks.
The Making of Egg-painting
The process of making egg painting craft art in Batuan Village, Sukawati, Gianyar, begins with selecting good eggs that have been sorted according to the oval shape criteria, are in good condition (not rotten) and have thick egg shells. After selection process, the eggs go into cleaning process which includes making tiny holes in the egg to make it easier to remove the liquid contents in the egg, followed by removing the liquid contents of the egg using a syringe, by pumping air into the egg shell repeatedly slowly so that the egg shell doesn’t break. Then the cleaning process continues using a mixture of vinegar with a ratio of 1 liter of water: 5 tablespoons of vinegar. The mixture is put into the eggshell using a syringe, then the eggshell is shaken repeatedly and carefully so that the egg doesn’t break. Shortly after this, the egg is dried for.
Next is sanding the egg shells until smooth, so that it is easier to make the desired sketch/pattern on the egg shell surface. Once the drawing is finished, it enters the Ngabur process, a coloring process using Chinese ink and the help of a Tiying brush. The coloring process uses a blurry (dark light) technique) so as to create a three-dimensional impression on the object being colored, after this process the image is ready to be colored according to the original object/desired with acrylic paint because this paint dries quickly.
The last process is the punishing process using varnish material which is applied over the surface of the egg shell. The function of the varnish is to maintain the durability of the paint and protect it from fungus after all the processes are done. The egg painting works can be displayed directly with the help of a pedestal/stand made of albeysia wood or put in a glass box containing a lamp to beautify the appearance of the egg painting artwork.
(Duck eggs) $13,04 / (Wood) $9,78
(Goose eggs) $22,83 / (Wood) $13,04
(Cassowary eggs) $52,18 / (Wood) $26,09
(Camel eggs) $97,86 / (Wood) $39,15