| Pasar Seni is the offspring of
an Indonesian and American couple in love with the performance arts.
Their website was developed in conjunction with the needs of the
growing gamelan and dance communities in the United States and Europe,
in order to accessibly supply them with authentic materials. The
diversity of tradition among the 17,000-island archipelago is staggering,
and so this site focuses primarily on Javanese and Balinese arts,
ones primarily adopted by the Western world. Included are central
Javanese court gamelan, classical dance, and puppetry, Sundanese
music, Balinese gong kebyar, classical dance, puppetry and kecak
dance. The scope of this offering includes music, video, costumes,
instruments, puppets, batiks, mallets, and a plethora of additionals.
The merchandise is chosen from markets and
that indigenous performers would use, items that will provide years
of wear and enjoyment.
Pasar Seni began as an Indonesian import shop
in Saint Paul, Minnesota just after 9/11/2001. The items most sought
after were crafts associated with the arts, such as batik sarongs,
shadow and rod puppets, and sound recordings. These same items seemed
desirable on eBay, and as out-of-state customers began ordering items
from us directly, we saw a niche for ourselves on-line.
At home, we too participate in community Javanese gamelan and dance classes through
the Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota (IPAAM), and support
them through local sales and member discounts.