Bayan

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Wektu Telu, Lombok’s animist-tinted form of Islam, was born in humble thatched mosques nestled in these Rinjani foothills. The best example is Masjid Kuno Bayan Beleq, next to the village of Baleq. Its low-slung roof, dirt floors and bamboo walls reportedly date from 1634, making this mosque the oldest on Lombok. Inside is a huge old drum which served as the call to prayer before PA systems. Ah, the good old days.

Sukarara

Sukarara

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The main street here is the domain of textile shops, where you can watch weavers work their old looms. Dharma Setya has an incredible array of hand-woven Sasak textiles, including ikat and songket (handwoven silver or gold-threaded cloth). To reach Sukarara from Praya, take a bemo to Puyung along the main road. From there, hire a cidomo (horse cart) or walk the 2km to Sukarara.

Banyumulek

Banyumulek

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Banyumulek Pottery

The village of Banyumulek is located about 6 miles south of Mataram (you need to across Gili Trawangan harbor from Villa Atas Ombak), Banyumulek has become known throughout the international art world for the enormous, elaborately decorated pots which are produced here.

The pots were originally intended as utensils, with a variety of roles to play in village life including food preparation and the performance of ceremonies. However, art critics from the west have been so impressed by the beauty and fine quality of Banyumulek workmanship that the pots have become revered as works of art.

Banyumulek’s unique pottery traditions have been passed down from mother to daughter since the early 16th century. Women learn how to shape and mould the pots from a very early age, using primitive tools and clay collected from the surrounding countryside. They don’t have the benefit of potters’ wheels and all the pots, vases, plates and jugs are hand thrown, sometimes using a round stone and wooden paddle. The men of the village are responsible for firing the pots and they are decorated by local children.

There are several villages in Lombok dedicated to pottery. Banyumulek is the easiest to reach; it lays half way between Lembar harbor and the capital Mataram. Rismunika Astuti art shop, which is located just off the main road have the most varied collection and are prepared to send your purchases abroad for you. They also give a demonstration how the pottery is made. But it is worthwhile to go another km to Banyumulek village. Here every house produces and sells pottery, and you may see them at work too. Walking along the street there are several shops to find your bargain for vases, plates, candlesticks, small souvenirs, and so on.

Aside from pottery, Lombok is also known for its quality pearls (jewelry), weaved cloths and limestone carvings. They also make wooden furniture, wooden crafts works for export from expensive woods like teak and mahogany.

Rembitan-Sade

Lombok  Rembitan-Sade

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Lombok, Traditional Villages, Rembitan, sade

Lombok, Traditional Villages, Rembitan, sade

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Lombok, Traditional Villages, Rembitan, sade

Lombok, Traditional Villages, Rembitan, sade

Sade Village is a traditional Village on lombok island. This Traditional Lombok Village located on Central Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. It take about 1 hours from Mataram City. And half hours from new Lombok Airport. Their house are stil traditional. The roof made from alang-alang and the wall made from combinations of clay and cow faeces. For them, cow faeces have many functions for their live such as for cleaning the floor, washing, bathing, etc.

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The people in Sade Village specially the man must sleep outside the house. Why?? They have a traditions, If they have a daughter, they have to protect their daughter from kinapted. In lombok island, If a young man want to get married with a young girl, he must kinapted the girl.

Senaru

 Senaru Village

This traditional village, 
under the palm trees in the north of Lombok, 
situated next to the Rinjani Trek Centre. 

The Sasak inhabitants are the cultural guardians 
of Mount Rinjani and its surrounding forest 
and safeguard its spiritual values. 
Locally guided visits include opportunities to 
experience the villagers’s daily life, 
visit their thatched houses, 
prepare meals using local products, 
and understand their traditional way of life.

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Gerupuk, Fishing Village

Lombok, Gerupuk, Fishing Village

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The main project for the Surfcamp Lombok Foundation this year is the building of a multifunctional Activity Centre at Gerupuk Elementary school, aimed mainly for the children and young people but also for the whole community. Its purpose is to become a meeting point regarding courses, classes, workshops, performances, meetings, educational movie screenings and other projects and activities. A platform for learning but also a place where people can make their voices heard in a time of transition as the village is going through a time of change, moving from being a fishing community to a tourist destination. The project is a collaboration between SCL Foundation, Surfcamp Lombok, local carpenters and a team of Spanish architects specialized in sustainable eco building. Chris and Javi, the ambitious architects, are working voluntarily on the project and have changed the original design seen in our first blog entry. The concept is still to connect nature with the building, children and the rest of the local community but the new aerodynamic form incorporates many entrances to allow more fluid movement and will encourage people to come, go and use as they please. The space inside has no structural columns, as the idea is to create an open plan multifunctional performance area, creating shelter for the user. We believe the Activity Centre will be an important place for the people in Gerupuk village and are excited to see the project unfold.

Traditional Market

Lombok, Traditional Market

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Lombok traditional market in ampenan . During the observing the local people selling and buying fruits, vegetables, kitchen utensils, fish etc