"My parents and my brother taught me to make sculptures. I started by watching them carving wood at home. I was excited with the final results and worked hard at learning how to create them."
"I was born in 1975 to a wood carver family in a small town in Bali. We live in a rural area of the island that is so peaceful and where kinship bonds are strong. Our family's life was underprivileged, therefore I wasn't able to continue my studies after graduating from senior high school.
"I'm a simple woman who enjoys cycling and aerobics. Friends know me as an honest woman, a hard worker and a person who likes helping others. I married in 1997 and have two children who made my life become happier and perfect. Since then, there have been many changes in my life. I have more responsibilities now but the most important thing is my children's future.
"In 2002, there was a very difficult moment in my life. I was starting a small shop in the market with a bank loan. Suddenly, a bomb exploded in Bali's tourist area! People suffered a lot because most work is dependent on tourism. Bali became so quiet, and no visitors or customers came. I think this was the toughest time in my whole life.
"My island is rich in artistic and historical temples, which I love. Whenever there are ceremonies, I pray and perform our rituals there. I cannot imagine how our ancestors built such great temples with the limited tools and resources at that time. Bali also has beautiful scenery and friendly people from different cultures.
"My parents and my brother taught me to make sculptures. I started by watching them carving wood at home. I was excited with the final results and worked hard at learning how to create them.
"After high school, I worked at a supermarket but wasn't happy with the salary, so I decided to do wood carving after I got married. There are ten artisans helping me and we create designs inspired by Bali's traditional cultures. We use manual tools to like mallets, wood saws and chisels to carve acacia, suar and hibiscus woods by hand. By creating these beautifully detailed sculptures and masks, we'd like to introduce our traditional culture to the world.
"I heard about Novica from my brother-in-law, Made Wirata, who is also a Novica featured artisan. I hope our sales will grow and people worldwide will come to know our culture."
8 Testimonials for Made Mulyani
I recently received your beautiful wood carving. The workmanship and detailing is superior. L love, this statue and the color of the wood makes it easy to move this sculpture to any room and to be a standout piece.
I don't know how you do it Maám, but if I could create such beauty with my own hands I would be a very, very happy person. You have a great gift, to be able to create such beautiful sculptures at will. Thank you for this exquisitely-carved Narasimba. Few months on and I still marvel at the skill it took to create it!
Amazing woodwork. The image does no justice to the product I received. The woodwork is magnificent and very detailed. Besides, I like the fact the sculpture came without any stain or paint. Sculpted on raw wood, the effect is great. I wish it was a little larger. I look forward to getting another such wood sculpting.