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An Introduction to Sumba Traditional Textiles

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In this specialized tour, you will visit a few of remaining villages in the traditional Sumba that still preserve the ancient cultural practices.

Meet the village ladies who can teach you the process of weaving ikat cloths, greet the smiley kids who’re eager to play with you, count how many megalithic tombs you can find scattered around the village, imagine the tense of tribal war when you visit the field where the blood-spilled Pasola festival usually takes place.

All of this with a little bit of beautiful natural spots on the side, this tour will give you an unforgettable experience!

  • 4 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Tambolaka, Sumba (TMC)
Itinerary: Sumba Traditional Textiles

DAY 1: RATENGGARO VILLAGE – WAINYAPU VILLAGE – PERO BEACH SUNSET    ▼

Upon arrival at the airport of Tambolaka in Waitabula, meet and greet with your guide and we will begin the journey. But before start, we will firstly have a lunch in one of local restaurant.

Then we go to Ratenggaro village in Kodi area. Here we will see the traditional high rooftops houses (actually the highest rooftops in whole Sumba) made all by hand and traditionally. This village is the only one of a few traditional villages left in the area, and while the village is just a compound of some houses, each house can accommodate up to 50 family members.

On the harvesting season, however, most of the villagers will stay in their field to work and only leave the elders and child in the village. Then we go to the next village, Wainyapu Village. Here you will visit the Pasola field, the festival that Sumba has which held every year in February / March. Our last visit will be Pero beach for watching the spectacular sunset view.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Sumba Hospitality Foundation (Bamboo Pavilion Room)

B. Mario Hotel (Standard Room)

C. Ella Hotel (Deluxe Room)

DAY 2:DAILY ACTIVITIES IN TODA VILLAGE – LAPOPU WATERFALL – PRAIJING VILLAGE       ▼

Wake up in the morning, then have breakfast. After that go to the Toda Village to experience the daily activities of Sumbanese people, such as go garden to cut the grass and give it to the pets (horses, cows, and pigs).

You also can enjoy the horse ride together with them. They will also show you how the Sumba boxing is. In the late afternoon we will continuing our trip to West Sumba, and visit Lapopu Waterfall after lunch. After a drive through the endless hilly and green landscape of Sumba, you will arrive nearby the waterfall.

To visit the waterfall, you will need to do a small hike of approximately 15 minutes and cross a bamboo bridge to get there. There is a nice spot to sit down where you can watch the water find its way down the hill.

Our trip continues to the village Praijing, a traditional village uphill surrounded by lots of greenery. This is one of the few villages where we can actually have a beautiful overview of the entire village and draw an idea how the village is conducted. Take some time to walk around the village; the elders occupy most of the houses, some of them weaving the ikat (Sumbanese cloth) where you can learn to do it, and kids are always around to share their smiles. Don’t forget to share candies!

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch 

Accommodation:

A. Rua Beach (Deluxe Room)

B. Rua beach (Standard Room)

C. Morikka Inn (Standard Room)

Day 3:WAIGALI & PRAIGOLI VILLAGE – GALUBAKUL VILLAGE – WAIRINDING HILL SUNSET       ▼

After breakfast and check out, we will visit another village in West Sumba. First to Praigoli Village, to see the Kajiwa Stone and Pasola Field. And not far from Praigoli village, we will visit Waigali village where located on top of a hill where we can enjoy a spectacular view from here.

Here we can see the Andung (Scull Tree). Next we will go to Galubakul Village, where you can find the Sumba’s largest tomb. Our trip continuing to East Sumba, on the way we will make a stop in Wairinding Hill for watching the sunset.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch 

Accommodation:

A. Morinda Villa (Deluxe Room)

B. Padadita Hotel (Superior Room)

C. Padadita Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 4:NATURAL DYE TRADITIONAL TEXTIL WORKSHOP – WALAKIRI BEACH SUNSET       ▼

After breakfast, we will go to the village where you can learn about Tenun Ikat, the traditional cloth of Sumba. Ikat is a technique of reserve dyeing. Before weaving, yarn bundles are strethed on a frame and the pattern is produced by tying into the threads, binding the bundles in the necessary places with dye-resistant fiber.

The pattern of ikat is more about the beauty of their human, animal, and supernatural motif. Before weaving, you have to coloring the threads, and some of them use the natural coloring.

You may learn in this village with the local to know how the process is from the beginning, and try to make it. When the time is best for sunset, we will go to Walakiri Beach to explore the beach with its beautiful mangroves. Don’t hesitate and walk towards the small and magical trees which are growing inside the water.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

A. Morinda Villa (Deluxe Room)

B. Padadita Hotel (Superior Room)

C. Padadita Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 5:SUNRISE TREKKING TENAU HILL – OUT WAINGAPU AIRPORT       ▼

We will wake up earlier today for visiting Tenau Hill, where you can find the best view of sunrise. You can trekking a bit arround the hill to find the best spot to enjoy the moment. After that back to hotel for breakfast, and depend on your flight schedule, the driver will pick you up and escort you to Waingapu Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

Photos: Sumba Traditional Textiles

Price Includes

  • 1 Night accommodation at South West Sumba
  • 1 Night accommodation at West Sumba
  • 2 Nights accommodation at East Sumba
  • AC Land transportation
  • Visits with English speaking guide
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral Water with free tumbler

Price Excludes

  • Flights, visas, airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, tips, etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the "INCLUDES"
Map: Sumba Traditional Textiles

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October. Although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not. There are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

How do I get to Sumba?

There are two airports on the island of Sumba, one in East Sumba and the other in Southwest Sumba. The airport is East Sumba is Umbu Mehang Kunda. It was previously known as Mau Hau and is located in the town of Waingapu. The airport in Southwest Sumba is called Tambolaka.

Direct flight to Sumba is only available from two cities, Denpasar (Bali) and Kupang (Timor). If you want to visit Sumba from anywhere else in Indonesia you will have to transit through one of these two cities first.

A number of airlines fly to Sumba, including Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air. If you want to fly with Garuda Indonesia then you will need to fly to Tambolaka Airport like on this specific trip.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

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