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Lace in Bali Today

Balinese lace in the 1980's was fast and cheap, though Uluwatu was better than most. When the fad died, most other lace companies "rationalised" their business. They switched to garment sewing without lace, because lace is very time-consuming and slows production drastically.

Or they installed electric machines to speed lace production and cut costs (and quality). Small companies quickly had to become large companies with a thousand or more workers to take advantage of high volume production, or else they had to close their doors.

Uluwatu had never been a large company, and because Uluwatu had emphasised quality rather than volume, Made had established a particularly close relationship with many of the workers. Uluwatu had a built a small "factory" (though the rambling and relaxed collection of sheds surrounded by trees looks nothing like a conventional factory) in the provincial town of Tabanan in 1979. By the late-1980's, Uluwatu was part of a community.