Hello , Greetings from the magical island of Bali. Last week I was telling you about some wine related culture shocks in Kuala Lumpur. You can read

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Hello ,

Greetings from the magical island of Bali.

Last week I was telling you about some wine related culture shocks in Kuala Lumpur. You can read about it here.
The King of Saudi Arabia was in KL, and the day I moved to Bali he came here also with his 1500 strong entourage. They simply closed the airport in Bali for an hour (rescheduled all the flights), so that his planes could all land quickly and easily with maximum security. The news on the streets is that he likes it so much that the whole schedule has been changed to accommodate an extra few days in Bali. I understand how he feels, unfortunately I don't have that luxury - on Sunday I travel to China.

This week I have been rushing around with Ringo (our agent in Indonesia) visiting suppliers, working on new products.. trying to find you the next big thing.
We have a warehouse here where we consolidate orders and do the packaging. None of the artisans involve themselves in bubble wrap or boxes, they see that as a non-artistic job (quite rightly) and leave that to the cargo company. There are lots of cargo companies in Bali all doing packing and finishing and stuffing containers for export. They charge by the cubic meter of products finished.

When we started here six years ago, we used the cargo companies, it was costing us almost 40% extra on the production cost to get the stock from Indonesia to our UK warehouse.
Since then we have learned a few tricks and fixes to control those costs. We have a pretty warehouse and office in Yellow Coconut Village just outside Ubud, where we can do the packing in-house and stuff the container on-site. Without giving away all our secrets, often we truck products to Java (the main Indonesian island) and load a container there - it's more efficient than bringing a container from the port in Java to Bali and back again.
Basically over the years we have reduced the extra costs to about 18% on the product, which gives more scope to pay artisans a little more and still give you our customers the keenest prices. So now you know why AW is the best place for artisan Indonesian products :)

Ringo is a hard working guy, he lives and breathes AW, it's not unusual for him to be Whatsapping me at 2am his time with some questions or updates. Give him a mission and he will think about it and come up with ideas and solutions. He is a good guy, and full of interesting information about Bali. His dream (as a Hindu) is to visit the Ganges river in India, but like most Indonesians he has never been outside of the country, it was a big adventure the first time he went to Java. So I have promised him that I will take him India, just as soon as he get's himself a passport. Our India agent Chatterjee (he has been to Bali and met Ringo) lives close to the Ganges in Bengal, so it would be easy to organise. But there is a problem with the paperwork, to get a passport he has to fill details about his father, name and date of birth. This is causing a problem, his father doesn't know his birthday, it can't be verified, and even his name has several spellings. They have four different calendars here and names are somewhat fluid things. He comes from a remote village in Bangli regency, and the local officials are trying to help but it's taking time. I'll update you as it happens.

Denpasar is the capital city of Bali. It is a melting pot, people from all over Indonesia come here to make their fortunes. While the city is absolutely Balinese in culture, there are Muslim stone carvers from Sumatra, rattan weavers from Kalimantan, Christian joiners and furniture makers from Flores, and brass artefact producers from Solo in Java. I met them all this week.
I also learned something about Denpasar - (from Ringo naturally) - Den means East and Pasar means market.. so quite literally Denpasar is the Eastern Market.

More news from the East next week.

Take care.


These wholesale Huge Dragon's Egg Shaped Bath Bombs look and smell great. Each bomb weighs in at a massive 250+ grammes and contains Shea Butter to make it smoother on your skin.

Perfect for upcoming Easter and great for the lovely bath too :) An ideal gift for those Game of Thrones lovers.

We have a range of four fragrances to choose from, each in their own distinctive colour packed in a tray of five.


This range of crafty wholesale Coconut Dragon Mobiles is handmade in Indonesia from coconut and available in three colours.

All have a wingspan and length of approximately 30cm x 30cm and hang 40 cm down from their hook.
Great natural and unique sculpture wind chime with will create a lovely display.
Hang this beautiful flying dragon indoor or out... preferably in your garden and watch it fly around.


Take a look at this beautiful wholesale Bali Buddha Art abstract design oil paintings on canvas. You are going to love these amazing colours and texture.

Paintings are made with passion and love by Bali artisans and craftsmen, therefore, each one is unique and no two will be the same and comes stretched on a wooden frame and ready to hang.
Buddha head paintings are perfect for any home, gift shop, restaurant or meditation space.


Our wholesale Gemstone Mala Beads is a rosary containing 108 beads. It is used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or name/s of a particular deity, a practice known in Sanskrit as Japa.

Hindu tradition holds that the correct way to use a mala is with the right hand, with the thumb flicking one bead to the next, and with the mala draped over the middle finger. The index finger represents ego, the greatest impediment to Self-Realization, so it is considered best avoided (as with the ego) when chanting on a mala.


A Reed Diffuser is an easy, effective and safe way to diffuse continuous fragrance throughout your environment. Ideal for no candle zones like offices and dorm rooms or homes with young children.

Many people ask for spare reeds for their diffuses. Here we have wholesale of bundles reeds you can sell per bundle or for high profits per stick.


Rune Stones are one of the mystical worlds true mysteries. Nobody can be truly sure exactly where they came from and when. There are many theories on the subject but it is believed by some that they were first used any time from 2000BC to 100AD by tribes such as The Goths and other Germanic Tribes.

They have become an increasingly popular item and are sure to be a great seller. Would make a great gift for any occasion :)


When you send goods in the post you want to make sure they arrive perfect, no matter what the conditions. Ancient Wisdom can help.

We have a brand new line of Padded Envelopes that, like most padded envelopes, are lined with air bubbles to protect fragile items. But in addition to this these envelopes are also water-proof, anti-tear and anti-static making them your best bet to ensure that item makes it to your customer as intended


In upcoming Mother's Day, we thought we would celebrate by giving you a FREE Mother Earth Angel worth £12 at retail price with orders over £100+vat!

To take advantage of this offer you just place an order over £100+vat and we will automatically apply the free Mother Earth Angel. But you will have to hurry as this offer ends on Wednesday 15th March.

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