For auspicious and holy hindu ceremonies, the balinese decorate their temple compunds with colorful umbrellas. In the Balinese dialect this umbrellas are known as “Tedung“, which literally means “to guard”. The umbrellas are used in ceremonial parades and positioned around the compounds in alignment to various shrines that orientated towards the sacred mountain of Gunung Agung. The colors of the umbrellas used are normally symbolic of whatever ceremony is taking place. the most typical are shades of bright yellow and white, which are pure colors that reflect dedication to the Hindu and religion and manifestation of God.
Before the impact of tourism on Bali, tedung always associated with temple activities but as hotels were constructed in the characteristic of Balinese architecture, umbrellas became eye catching pieces for lobbies, gardens and dining areas.
The Village areas of klungkung and mengwi are well known in bali for their skills in the production of umbrellas and many families have set up home industries to meet the demand supply the entire island and for export.
umbrellas in Bali are entirely handmade and they are generally produced in bulk, as making a single item is too time consuming.