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“Preserve the tradition......”

Watublapi Weaving Village
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Reviewed 13 August 2012 via mobile

This is my favorit place in maumere. Highly recomended and must visit if you come here. Here they show the flores traditional dances with all the history behind the high cultural vilage. They also show how to make a sarong from the cotton, they colouring with natural color only without using any chemical stuff. And also they have organise if we want to buy sarong with very beautifull traditional motif and also naural color with very good price.....

This place is always be remember for me....

4  Thank Omah G
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

Watublapi is a traditional village located just a 30 minute drive into the hills outside of Maumere, Flores. We had contacted the head of the weaving cooperative, Daniel David, to arrange a program that consists of a weaving demonstration, traditional dances and music, and a simple lunch. And of course the opportunty to purchase some of the wonderful ikat textiles that Watublapi and the Sikka area is famous for.

Daniel provided a car and driver, and when we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the friendly welcome to their beautiful small village, which included a taste of the betel nut or “pinang” and musical and dancing entertainment. The dances and their meaning in the local culture, such as harvesting and marriage, were explained and were very colorful and fun, especially in the end where we were invited to participate and learn their dances. The program was followed by demonstrations of how they harvest the cotton, dyes, spin and weave the textiles using the ikat method. Ikat means “to tie” and the individual threads are tied off as a resist before they are put in the dye pots and then put on the loom and the patterns woven in the cloth.

We then had a delicious lunch of local foods which included fish, rice and local vegetables.

Even though they receive several groups a month, the men women and children never seemed jaded about meeting us or posing for photographs. You can really experience a bit of what Florinese culture is about, in a very natural and beautiful jungle setting. They do hang a selection of their beautiful handspun, naturally dyed textiles for sale at very reasonable prices.

If you do want to visit this village and have the special program, it's best to contact Daniel David at least several days in advance ( we had booked ours a few months ahead) and discuss the price and details with him.

8  Thank MangoMunky
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