World 163

In World 163, Bali is deeply rooted in spiritualism due to its long history with Hinduism. It is then deeply ingrained in the people of the island to practise mindfulness and be in tune with their inner chakra. Over the years, Balinese develop odour-colour synesthesia – the ability to see certain colours upon smelling different scents – the phenomenon being intricately linked to practising meditation and spiritualism.

Balinese textiles from ikat to batik are also deeply connected to their spiritualism and Hindu heritage. The natural botanical dyes and mordants used in their textiles trigger the visualisation of kaleidoscopic patterns. This unique phenomenon is shared with the rest of the world through textile crafts including flower punching and batik techniques.

What if …

the Balinese were able to see a kaleidoscope of colours when they smell different scents?


The lack of education and representation of Balinese heritage and culture across mainstream media, and the often single-dimensionality of fashion.


Balinese heritage of Hinduism, multisensorial experience, synesthesia

This World was contributed by Michelle Low, Kelly Lewi, Rayna Isabel, Jennifer Leonardy and Kim Gyuri (located in Singapore, Indonesia and Korea) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

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