A Traditional Sasak Textile from Lombok

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The weaving group from Sukarara

It has been six months since our last visit to Sukarara in Lombok. The weavers there remain very enthusiastic and had been busy dyeing and weaving textiles based on the examples we showed them last year. We were all excited with what they had accomplished but needed to make sure they have the plant resources to support their ongoing production, and that the group maintains a high level of quality in their work.

 

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The Magnetism of Traditional Textiles in Lombok

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Lombok textiles for sale with most containing Balinese motifs

I first visited the weaving centers of Pringgasela and Sukarara on Lombok in 2004. At that time most of the products being produced were the brightly colored synthetic dyed, supplementary weft textiles called songket. Most of these textiles employed Balinese motifs and were sold in Negara, West Bali, as it was cheaper for Balinese to buy these Lombok textiles than to buy or make their own.

 

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