Mas is the village best known for its long tradition of woodcarving , even though the word “mas” means gold in Bahasa Indonesia. As is usual in Bali, this means that you will find a glut of workshops throughout the area, all offering similar product. It is worth visiting a woodcarving studio such as Dewa Malen to watch the craftsmen at work, practising the traditional skills that have been handed down from generation to generation.
The subject matter has evolved over the years from the very traditional characters based on ancient Hindu stories to more modern animals, some, including humans placed in somewhat compromising (and often complicated) poses. Prices are slightly inflated compared to some other sources, but the quality is good and they will package for travel.