if you are planning a trip to Lombok and wanna learn about their culture, I strongly recommend you guys to visit Desa Sade. Desa means Village. And it is a traditional tourist village located in Central Lombok district. This tourist village is managed by the local government and community or local tribe that is called as Sasak People.
In this village, there are many things that worth knowing, especially for their cultural life. So, here are the unique things to know in Sade Village:
1. Weaving in Sade
Sasak Sade villagers must learn to weave, especially women. The guide said:
"if you want to get married Sasak People, then you should learn weaving. If you don't know how to weave, then you are not ready to get married yet."
It's funny and unique, right? I think it is a good way to conserve its unique culture. By the way, for those who are looking for souvenirs, kain tenun might be the best for you to choose from. Kain means fabric, and tenun refers the progress of making or weaving. So, kain tenun is an original fabric made by Sasak people using a weaving technique. It will cost approximately Rp 100.000 to Rp 500.000. If you want a cheaper souvenir, you can buy their weaved bracelet which costs Rp 5.000 - Rp 20.000. I bought one for my sister. It is also to appreciate the local people who made it. The bracelet is quite unique and simple. I like it!
2. Traditional House
The Sade's houses are made from bamboo, wood and a dried grass roof has a very unique architecture. The floor is made from clay. What is unique from the house is that the floor is all covered by cow dung to prevent the mosquitoes. Even if it's covered by cow dung, there was no bad smell of the cow dung at all. Wonderful right?
To visit Sade Village, you can take a car or just drive a motorcycle, just like what I was doing with my friends from Lombok Capital. I was staying in Mataram and I spent approximately 1 hour to reach the village. This place is recommended for you who are craving cultural adventure and a unique story about Lombok tribes. I'd really love to visit Lombok again someday!
How about you guys? Have you ever been to Lombok?
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