Sukarara Village, Lombok, Indonesia
Sukarara Village Lombok Reviews
'The largest Songket production centers in Lombok.' Apr 30, 2013
After we arrived in Bangsal Harbour, our driver picked up us then we continue straight away our holiday in Lombok, this time to visit Sukarara Village, which is a handicraft village producing the famous Lombok Songket (expensive woven material). As it was known that Sukarara is the largest Songket production centers in Lombok. The village is located in the District Sukarara Jonggat Central Lombok West Nusa Tenggara. This location about 40 Km from the city of Mataram or about 1 hour 30 minutes drive, by car or taxi.
Arriving in Sukarara, we were greeted immediately by a guide who will take us to see the Sukarara village from house to house who are working on their skills in weaving. Before this we were shown some of the women who were demonstrating their skills in weaving at the front of store that is the Office of the weaving cooperative, here they sell there beautiful products.
The store usually presents this spectacle of the weaving of techniques of Songket cloth daily, it can be directly seen by the visitors. The technique is a skillful technique that is traditionally done by craftsmen, ranging from processing yarn to be a piece of colorful cloth. Visitors who are interested in participating can also try to weave as the Sasak women do. Unfortunately I did not try to practice it because my eyes busy looking at their fingers which are so nimble in weaving.
The Woven fabric is worked on by the women of the village in there homes (home industry). Almost every house has its own loom. However, the profession of weavers is only acted by the women in Sukarara village, because the men will be working as farmers in the fields. For many years the weaving work they normally do on the front of their houses, and this habit they still do to this day.
So, to maintain and preserve the culture and traditional weaving inherited by their ancestors in the Sukarara Village women are required to learn to weave, even since the age of a child and their mothers who also have inherited their skills the same way teach their daughters to weave with a pattern of initial or basic motif that is very simple to be easily understood and learned. With much practice by their children to weave a good quality woven Songket later.
Our guide said, There is a tradition unique to this village, women who want to marry are required to provide homemade woven fabric to the couple. If not able to make Songket weaving, then the woman should not marry.
Weaving or Songket fabric of this Sukarara village has its own characteristics with designs and motifs different with other woven fabrics in Indonesia. Here the woven fabrics are extremely beautiful and artistically designed and generated exclusively by the skilled hands of the village women of Sukarara. With special characteristics and traditional designs depicting the lifestyle of the ancient Island of Lombok with traditional houses and barns motifs and motifs geckos, they still maintain till this day.
In addition to Sukarara village weaving they also produce very simple woven material that is made from cotton. Production time does not take a long, just one day to complete the ikat weave of 3 meters. Prices also vary depending on ikat fabric dye, if it is made from the chemical dye is priced from price IDR 100,000, while the fabrics made from natural dyes, peg from IDR 150,000 upwards. Prices also varies according to the size, difficulty level, and the raw materials used. IDR 50.000 cheapest price found for the size of a small tablecloth, while for shawls, scarves, and headbands can be priced at around about IDR. 100,000. Woven fabrics are combined with gold thread could be worth around IDR 1, 5 million to IDR 2, 5 million.
In the store our guide had us try on some clothes to demonstrate to start with a dress, sarong etc and total clothes I'm wearing is worth IDR 3.5 million ... Wow .. too expensive! but I understand because having seen the work carried out by the women of the village, who spend many hours weaving on old Sukarara traditional looms, their skill is priceless and the price of cloth weaving or Songket is dependent on the difficulty and that determining the length of processing time. This makes the price of traditional woven Sukarara village fabrics is very expensive, but open to a haggle as our guide did mention.
Sukarara village Songket fabric is famous and highly preferred by foreign tourists. The village and store is open to visitors daily, there is no entrance fees but it is tradition to make gift of money to your guide as you like.
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