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Plants, animals (mythological and real) and geometric forms are also widely used and represent specific meanings in particular art forms.

Motifs drawn from nature - leaves, flowers, mountains, water, clouds, animals often represent religious or mystical symbols related to early forms of animism, then later to Hinduism.

Handicrafts also developed from the usage of every day household items which were decorated and used for ceremonial purposes.

Join a tour at the National Museum, visit the Textile or Keris museum and you will quickly discover the rich cultural heritage of Indonesian art.

While at the Museum Nasional, pick up a copy of the National Museum Guidebook, published by the Indonesian Heritage Society for an excellent introduction to the collection.

One of the many pleasures of living in Indonesia is having the opportunity to learn about and collect Indonesian arts and handicrafts.

The diversity evident in Indonesia's 300 plus ethnic groups is reflected in the diversity of its art forms.

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