& NORTHEASTERN HIGHLAND ACCOMMODATION
hand-loom weavers in the village of Sembalun Lawang, East Lombok
have recently revived their weaving skills with the help of the
NZAID Rinjani Trek Ecotourism Programme. The women decided they
would like to return to this ancient craft after many years of
earning a livelihood by other means. They now work together in
co-operative groups sharing skills and resources.
In the past weaving was an essential qualification for womanhood,
and young girls began to learn the basic skills at an early age. All
women were expected to provide their family with fabrics for
clothing and ceremonial use. Now, with the widespread availability
of factory-made fabrics, hand-loom textiles are used mostly for
religious ceremonies and special occasions such as weddings.
their traditional back-strap looms and techniques taught to them by
their grandmothers, these highly skilled women have begun producing
a range of contemporary designs under the guidance of Mataram
designer Epoel Dg Hasanung.
Although the weavers no longer spin and dye local cotton to make
their yarns, the weaving process is nevertheless very labour
intensive. The fine yarns must be washed, threaded onto the loom and
wound onto bobbins before weaving can start a process which can take
several days. Once the looms are set up it takes about a week to
complete a length of this stunning cloth. It may be sold as is, or
sewn into place mats, bags, cushion covers and belts. All the work
is done in the village by local women.
The rich colours are achieved by careful selection and blending of
basic yarn colours available from the textile mills of Java. These
women are masters of colour and the simple, modern motifs they now
use show this skill off to great advantage.
How to find the Weavers and Weavings
the scenic village of Sembalun Lawang on your Round Rinjani drive or
island tour. Set in an ancient and fertile caldera to the east of
Mt. Rinjani, it is one of two entrances to Gunung Rinjani National
Park.Visit the weavers in their home workshops in the centre of
Sembalun Lawang village. Follow the signs in the centre of the
tems can be purchased from the weavers directly or found in selected
outlets in Epoel’s Boutique Senggigi.
Hotel Sembalun Lawang
in the centre of Sembalun Lawang Village and this is the
only comfortable accommodation in the valley of Sembalun,
Ideal place for relaxing and peaceful atmosphere
surrounding by Mountain hill and traditional village in
Standard Room :
Standard Single : Rp. 150.000/Night Include Breakfast
Standard Double : Rp. 200.000/Night Include Breakfast.
Deluxe Single : Rp. 250.000/Night Include Breakfast
Deluxe Double: Rp. 350.000/Night Include Breakfast.
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