Mas Village, one of the many artists villages surrounding Ubud, is the best place on the island to find high-quality Balinese woodcarvings -- considered some of the best woodcarvings in the world. Part of the village’s prestigious reputation stems from it being the birthplace of Ida Bagus Tilem, one of the island’s most celebrated artisans. His wife and son continue to operate their own well-respected gallery and workshop.
Visitors to Mas Village will find a style of woodcarving characterized by a synergy between humanism and naturalism. Balinese masks, as well as carvings inspired by Buddhist and Hindu mythologies, are among the more popular items. Even if you don’t plan to buy, it’s worth visiting Mas Village to watch the masters at work and to see some of the large and very impressive carvings.
As with any of the craft villages in Bali, be prepared to haggle in Mas.