"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." ~ Louis Nizer
Novum Crafts is a collection of handmade artworks created by local gifted artists in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. We handcraft Indian Headdresses, carved animal skulls, and accessories inspired by the Native American culture as modest adaptations of the iconic ethos. It started with a mere fascination for the native arts that Bali indigenous craftsmen were urged to recreate cultural emblems - such as dreamcatchers, turquoise jewelry, and the infamous Indian Headdress – to celebrate a living piece of history.
Why Indian Headdresses?
We grew up believing that Native Americans and their beautiful tradition are worth the pages of our history books, the walls of national museums, and every bit of our respect. Because it’s not just a handsome design but more of an illustration of a towering history.
When we see an Indian headdress, we taste a gist of the peoples’ arts.
It gives off a pure vibe, like being closer to natural matter - wind, fire, mud, trees, and everything un-void. It lets us experience the majestic world of the warriors they depict and in turn, paints new possibilities for us. It takes us to a whole new plane of awe and beauty.
The Artists Behind Novum Crafts
Balinese master craftsmen have spent years refining their artistry to transform an ordinary piece of driftwood into something absolutely breathtaking. Using their hands, they are capable of creating virtually anything! Being in Bali helps our artists thrive on the creative vibe of the island; making what they make solely limited by their imagination.
But sadly, most local artists are never really recognized for their talent and are forced to forget their passions as it often doesn’t pay enough money for food - yet, alone, support an entire family.
Novum Crafts recognizes their great potential and the pleasure their work could bring to others. And so, by paying these artists fair wages, enough to support their entire families, they now have a chance in life; to follow through with their real passions. At the same time, art connoisseurs and even ordinary people from around the world are thrilled to own one of these marvelous replicas of centuries-old tradition.
But more than what meets the eye, adapting these works of art is simply a celebration of culture and a salute for beauty. So at the end of the day, it’s a win-win for everyone.
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"But, when the work was finished, the Craftsman kept wishing that there were someone to ponder the plan of so great a work, to love its beauty, and to wonder at its vastness." ~ Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.