Agung Ayu Madyawati, 51, is the owner of Dede’s, a gold and silver jewelry business in Celuk, Gianyar. She shared her day with The Bali Times
I have a house just behind the shop where I live with my husband and two sons, who are 20 and 25. In the morning I get up early like most Balinese women and do the house chores like cooking and sweeping. I usually open the shop at around 8am but generally we don’t get any customers until after the barong dance show in Batubulan finishes around 11 or 11:30am.
My husband goes out to work as a professor at Udayana University and both of my sons are still studying, so I am the sole manager of the business. I used to be a high school teacher, but I left 17 years ago to start up this business. I work hard and I think I have a pretty good head for business.
Before the customers arrive I make sure everything is out in the cases and I check on the workshop, which is next to the shop. Right now in this workshop I have six people working for me, but I also have another house about 2 kilometers from the shop where I have another workshop with 10 more staff.
Before the bombing in 2002 I had 40 people working for me and the shop was making really big profits. Since the bombs, tourism has slowed way down and now with the current financial crisis, there is just a trickle of tourists. I’m having to sell things very cheap just to make any money at all.
During the day I check on my silver and goldsmiths and make sure the quality of the jewelry is top-notch. We make a lot of classic designs in Balinese gold, like dragon bracelets inlaid with emeralds, rubies and sapphires. These really intricate traditional bracelets generally sell for around Rp9 million (US$750).
Right now during the day we mostly get tour busses full of Asian tourists, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. They don’t tend to spend a lot of money, just buying very small things that they want at really low prices. The best customers are Europeans. Italians love to buy a lot of jewelry, but now they only make up about 10 to 20 percent of our customers.
I do believe tourism will pick up and I think the political climate is good now for visitors. Our government is trying to make things safer and people should feel less scared to come to Bali.Filed under: One Day