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The Story of Prapen

The name Prapen is derived from the Indonesian word Perapian (forge) -- the workshop of a metalsmith. Prapen is owned and managed by a member of the Pande Mas, the ancient clan of Balinese smiths who worked with precious metals.

The family business was started four generations ago by one of the first silversmiths to sell directly to tourists from the cruise ships that docked at Padang Bai. Today, Prapen has evolved into a centre of excellence for traditional Balinese metalsmithing with an international clientele that recognizes the exquisite quality of its creations.

Designers and artisans are given the resources and support they need to produce their best work. Talented smiths who lack financial resources are provided with tools and designs. Production is carefully balanced to avoid exploiting the culture. 

Located in the metalsmithing village of Celuk on the island of Bali, Prapen is a window to Balinese culture, ritual and time-honored skills.


Prapen seeks to create balance and sustainability between the human and commercial aspects of Balinese metalsmith artistry. 
The tourism industry has had a powerful impact on the lifestyle of Bali’s craftspeople. 

A core intention at Prapen is to create livelihoods for young Balinese who might otherwise leave their villages in search of other work. By doing so, Bali’s precious metalsmithing heritage is kept alive and another generation of artisans has an occupation that allows them to remain with their families.

One important element of the company's philosophy is its decision not to build a large factory. Discussions with the artisans revealed that they would not be comfortable working to the tight schedules and demands of a factory. 

Instead, working at home allows them to choose their own hours, while giving them time to fulfill their Balinese temple duties and attend ceremonial and social events.

Prapen metalsmiths integrate traditional designs unchanged through centuries, meticulously honoured in their original form. Even contemporary motifs are inspired by details of Balinese ritual, using techniques brought from India by the craftsmen who served the Majapahit kingdom in Java before it moved to Bali.


The book collection established by Iputu Juliawan beginning in 1994 has grown over the years. He  decided to share his passion and interest in jewelry with the public by providing his private book collection through the library.


The library at Prapen welcomes the donation of new or used books on jewelry and Asian art.

Visiting our library makes your visit to Prapen more meaningful and memorable.


Prapen features a gallery exhibition space for young artists to showcase their work, providing them with an opportunity to gain public recognition. International jewelry designers, jewelry photographers or jewelry illustrators who are planning to visit Bali and interested in exhibiting their work in our gallery can contact our office to make arrangements.



A piece of metal sheet is pressed onto a base of black pitch, and chisels are used to create a pattern which may then be beaten into the metal with a hammer from the reverse side to create a raised effect. 


A pattern is placed on a piece of metal sheet and the metal is then pierced onto a base of black pitch. The completed piece is laid upon another piece of plain metal to enhance the pattern.


Granulation is a process of soldering hundreds of tiny granules of metal on to a base. The granule is achieved by heating a small piece of wire using a foot-operated torch.

Metal Weaving

Beginning with silver wires, each piece becomes a complex shape of woven strands. Weaving the silver wire is a complex process and can take almost a week for a smith to finish a bracelet.

Jewelry Care

Our collections are intended to become contemporary heirlooms. With proper care and handling, the jewelry should last for generations and bring many years of pleasure. Some tips to preserve your jewelry in good condition: 

• Put on your jewelry last, after using cosmetics and sprays 
• Remove jewelry when doing household chores, gardening or before washing hands 
• Tarnishing is a natural characteristic of silver; avoid extreme temperatures or humidity, chlorine and other harsh chemicals 
• Clean your jewelry with a soft cloth periodically or after wearing 
• Store your jewelry separately in soft pouches or boxes when not being worn to avoid scratches or tangling