The Sasak Trails of Lombok
The Sasak Trails
The Sasak Culture on the southern part of Lombok is something that defines the way of living on
the island. A charming full-day venture on Lombok in getting up and close with these
residents and get immersed in their cultural habits and traditions.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The Sasak Culture on the southern part of Lombok largely influences the way of living on the island. Culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese, the majority practise local Muslim faith and traditions, the Sasak people have established themselves as a self-sustainable part of Indonesia with their own traditions and handicraft.
This is an excellent full-day opportunity to get up and close with the Sasak people and get immersed in their cultural habits.
08:30 - 16:30
Your guide and driver will pick you up at around 8:30 am from your resort and head towards the southern part of Lombok and Kuta Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. Our first encounter with the Sasak culture is the pottery village of Banyumulek Village. This village is one of the primary pottery centres of Lombok, specializing in decorated pots and pots with fibre covering as well seeing more traditional urns and flasks. When time permits, you can enjoy a short ride on one of the most ancient forms of transport found anywhere in the world, a horse and cart called a Cidomo.
Weaving is found in Sukarare, south of Cakranegara. This is a village of traditional weavers and has been a part of Lombok’s Sasak culture for generations. The weaving style here has its unique style in creating the brightly patterned ‘Songket’ cloth (a Songket is considered a luxury product, traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions). The techniques, patterns and motifs have been handed down from generation to generation.
Standing out from the crowd is the village of Sade. Sade is a traditional Sasak village and is comprised of a series of houses made from buffalo dung and mud. The local ladies in this settlement weave lovely cloth that is used as scarves or for home decoration. The people of Sade have their traditions which vary from other areas of the island. Passing the unspoiled beach of Tanjung Aan Beach near Kuta beach, a stunning strip of white sandy beaches in the south of the island and an area high in demand for surfers and backpackers who want to get off the beaten track. All this awaits after we enjoy a good local lunch at a local restaurant.
Before bringing you back to your hotel, we end our day of Sasak culture exploration with a visit to the Mayura water palace. This waterborne, open-sided hall is located in a beautiful artificial lake and is a pilgrimage site for Hindus living on Lombok. We arrive back at your booked resort at around 4.30 pm.