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Welcome to Katamama
Designed with contemporary imagination and centuries-old Indonesian traditions, Katamama and each of its suites has been hand-finished with an eye and touch for detail and a consideration for what is sustainable. Custom-made midcentury-modern furniture, hand-dyed fabrics, locally sourced amenities, outdoor lounge and contemporary artwork by Indonesian creatives make our hotel an atmospheric home from home.
More than 1.5 million hand-pressed Balinese bricks make up Katamama’s extraordinary facade. Traditionally, these hand-pressed red bricks were used for the island’s holy temples, but as factory-made versions came into play this ancient art was at threat of being lost.
In Pejeng, a village on the outskirts of Ubud, Tjok Agung and his wife still operate an indigo dye workshop using traditional, sustainable colouring and stamping techniques. Tjok Agung’s hand-dyed custom-made textiles are proudly displayed throughout Katamama.
Hand-woven by the women of Blahbatuh village in Bali, the softly hued cloths that decorate each of our hand-dressed suites are made with naturally made threads. Yielding beautiful, pastel tones, this artisanal method honours tradition and produces entirely individual products.
“More than 1.5 million hand-pressed bricks — coconut-shell fired and moulded — make up Katamama’s facade.”
Bold geometry, hand-pressed temple bricks, extraordinary dappled light throughout the day – Katamama’s award-winning architecture is the work of Indonesian creative Andra Matin, who blends traditional elements with a modern design ethic.
Pak Mangku is Katamama’s own pemangku, or priest, and he is entrusted with the spiritual wellbeing of Katamama’s environment. Every morning, Pak Mangku and his daughter Dewi, wake up early to prepare the offerings to place at each of Katamama’s three temples.
After harvesting the rattan in the forest, it’s dried, cleaned, thinned, and prepared as strips. Hand-woven from naturally-dyed rattan bast fibres, decorative motifs depicting creepers, ferns, and fruits. Our version of the Anjat basket is a beach-ready backpack for you to borrow.
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