It is one thing that you don’t want to miss in Lombok, visiting traditional cultural village. We visited three (3) when we was there last October for honeymoon.
The first village is Sukarara, Kampung Tenun Asli, where you can see women making local traditional fabric called Tenun, get yourself wear traditional dresses and take picture in front of the houses. Don’t forget to buy the fabric. This place serves as a union, gathering all the local women to sell handmade Tenun. The price is varied depends on the quality, but overall very reasonable.
Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)
The second village is Banyumulek, clay pottery village. Ask the shopkeeper to show you the magic of Kendi Maling, perhaps you need it for your home 🙂 and allow yourself to take time to create your own pottery.
The third village is Sasak Ende Village, origins of Lombok people. When you come in a big group, usually they will show you stick-fighting dance. For us couple, we just hope that we’re lucky enough to bump into a larger group when we reached there. And yes, it did happen. The stick fighting was interesting, traditional music running while the fighter make a rhythm while banging their stick each other. The children also joined this as part of cultural inheritance. They also sold Tenun created by the women around these village.
Make sure you bring your cash because you may need to tip the local guide. Your tip will help them to keep them going and preserve the culture.
Our honeymoon tour in Lombok handled by Lombok Damai Tour.