With this patronage the art forms flourished, resulting in a rich variety of art forms today.
The rich artistic traditions of Bali, where traditionally each person must develop skills in a particular art form - be it dance, music, or visual arts has lead to the creation of a vibrant artistic community.
Witness the wide variety of uses of natural woods, fibers, bamboo, rattan and grasses.
Natural and chemical dyes, beads and other natural ornamentation are used to decorate these items, many of which have developed over time into distinctive art forms.
Visit either Sarinah Jaya or Pasaraya in Jakarta for a good introduction to Indonesian handicrafts, though don't expect to find true antiques there.
Then you'll know better what you may want to purchase on your travels through the archipelago.
Many expats take advantage of the opportunity of living in Indonesia to learn more about its culture, or to begin a collection of art objects or handicrafts that they enjoy.
We go through early days of explorations, through the thrills of discovery and learning, to hunting down particular items you want and acquiring true finds.
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.
Indonesian art forms can include designs traced back to early animistic beliefs, ancestor worship, Hindu or Buddhist influenced motifs brought by Indian traders, Chinese or Islamic symbols and beliefs.