Find the Perfect Sarong with Ritz-Carlton, Bali

  • Ritz-Carlton, Bali takes guests to see how Balinese sarongs are made and learn about their cultural import.

    Ritz-Carlton, Bali takes guests to see how Balinese sarongs are made and learn about their cultural import.

  • The resort opened in February 2015 in Nusa Dua.

    The resort opened in February 2015 in Nusa Dua.

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Sarongs in Bali (or anywhere else in Indonesia, for that matter) aren’t hard to come by, sold in grocery and convenience stores and hawked by touts on just about every beach and street corner. But finding one that’s authentic—whose threads have been spun, dyed, and woven into a work of art—is a different story. For guests up for the hunt, the Ritz-Carlton, Bali in Nusa Dua now has a special Sarong Concierge, Tresna Dewi, who will lead them on a half-day tour to her native Gianyar region, an area celebrated for its artisanal traditions and gorgeous fabrics. Here, they’ll visit a workshop to watch how Bali’s traditional endek textiles are made, learn how to wrap and wear a sarong according to Balinese etiquette, and—perhaps an even more important lesson—be taught how to walk in it with the elegance of a Balinese royal. Rounding things off is a visit to a temple, where participants will see how sarongs are integrated into the rituals of the island. —Gabrielle Lipton

For more information, visit Ritz-Carlton, Bali

This article originally appeared in the December/January print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“It’s a Wrap”)

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