HILLMAN INDONESIA ADVENTURE
KUTU SASAKE VILLAGE VISIT
Through the years, villagers depended on agriculture
for their livelihood with the men doing the farming. They store their rice
and other food in a building called “lumbung.” The rice granary stands
higher than the rest of the houses. The villagers are not allowed to marry
outside their village. If a young man wants to get married, he must kidnap
the girl first.
The women of Sasak are taught to weave from a young
age. They say that a girl cannot marry if she doesn’t know how to weave.
Their traditional woven cloth, Ikat, is born of a labor-intensive process.
The whole process of dyeing and weaving can take months to finish a high-quality
product. Many of the huts featured women weaving cloth and there were many
displays of merch for sale: hand-woven sarongs, scarves, blankets, handmade
souvenirs. songkets, fabrics, trinkets, etc.
Today, many of the men serve as tour guides and share
information about the village history and customs as they lead tourists
to the locations where women are involved in weaving demonstrations and
selling merchandise. Everyone in the village was very friendly and welcoming.
It is quite touristy, but worth a visit to gain some idea of traditional
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