Kedi, the silversmith who always smiles and is passionate about rings

Kedi, the silversmith who always smiles and is passionate about rings

Kedi's children do not have time to sit by their table and learn how to make earrings. At school, there are now more hours dedicated to lessons, they play sports and even learn English. Kedi’s own childhood was marked by three tasks: helping his father on the rice farm, raising roosters for the fights that took place before the religious ceremonies, and develop the skills to become a toucan. He began by helping others, especially his uncles, because his father did not see well, and had no choice but to work on the farm. At the age of 11, Kedi finished the first earrings he made with a neighbour.

He spent his adolescence polishing his technique and saved the money he earned, because his father gave him the rupees to eat at school. He assures that it never felt like a burden: his dream was to be a Celuk toucan.

That is what he became when he finished school. During those years, his brother-in-law Komang Muliarta taught him a few things and also allowed him to practice, but like many Balinese goldsmiths, Kedi found secrets and advice all over the banjar of Cemenggaon, his religious and cultural district in Celuk.
Kedi made custom rings and earrings at home and sometimes worked for a few months in an art business or workshop. The problem was that he did not achieve stability, because the salary was not good and the jewellery orders oscillated with the ups and downs of tourism, the main economic activity of the island.

He is grateful that when the Kuta bomb exploded in 2002, he was not yet married and did not have the responsibility of supporting his family. He married Putu Indah Apsari at the age of 29 and they now have two children.

Kedi, the silversmith who always smiles and is passionate about rings

When the first was born, a boy who is 11 years old, Kedi did not have a permanent job and depended on the rings and bracelets he made by order. He remembers these years as a difficult period during which the role of his wife who worked in one of the Celuk cooperatives was key.

Six years ago, he joined the eThnoPur workshop. What he likes the most is making rings and being able to focus on creating jewellery without worrying about how to sell them. Kedi is now the second silversmith. With his wife's steady income and work, they bought a piece of land in Celuk.

He says that nowadays there are many brothers in the family compound. His uncle Lenju, a partner in the workshop, also lives there.

Today the land Kedi has bought is covered in trees, plants, and debris. I Ketut Dedi Sagita -Kedi is his nickname- is convinced that one day his own house will rise here.