Another day in paradise, and a canang sari making lesson


Today we had lunch at Kafe again, followed by a stroll up JL Hanoman, where I bought myself a beautiful Saraswati pendant. Saraswati is the goddess of education and creativity. I love this and I love the mantra.


My Saraswati pendant

I had arranged earlier to have a canang sari making lesson with Made on our return to the villa. Canang sari are the beautiful Balinese Hindu offerings that are placed all over in homes, temples, businesses and other auspicious places. Apart from their religious purpose, which is to pray and give praise, they are also a lovely mindfulness practice as attention to detail and great care is required.

I have a bit of an obsession with canang sari and I’m constantly photographing them, so I was very excited to learn that I could be taught how to make them.

canang bits and pieces

Coconut leaf, bamboo, flowers and other goodies

Made began by explaining that the young coconut leaf that is used can only be cut down by certain people. It is done every afternoon as the leaves need to be fresh every day. She cut the leaves into different lengths and shapes using a small knife, and then showed me first how to make the small box that holds the offering.


Made deftly cuts the coconut leaf

She then showed me how to assemble the box, using the leaves and bamboo sticks to hold the pieces together. This is how the box turned out.

canang box

The first box, will become the base for the larger round piece

She then did some more intricate cutting and taught me how to create this gorgeous circular design.

upside down canang

The back of the finished circular design

canang beginning

The top of the finished piece, isn’t it gorgeous!!

Made then explained that at the base of each canang sari needs to be a small package containing important items that represent the Trimurti, the three Hindu Gods; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

canang with trinity

We start with the pieces that represent the Trimurti

She then showed me how to decorate using marigolds, petals and green leaves. Other things can be added depending on the individual, but they can include lollies, cakes, biscuits, rice and I have even seen cigarettes inside too.


Our gorgeous finished canang sari! 

Made then taught me how to make a beautiful decoration using coconut leaves and a marigold flower.

Finished canang

The finished products – how awesome is that???

I loved making these and I am absolutely delighted with how they turned out. I wish I had young coconut leaves readily available at home. Oh I know, I will just have to make my dream of living here come true so that I can make them whenever I want to.

I feel so blessed, peaceful and grateful for everything that my beloved Bali has shared with me this trip.

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