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The textile artisans in West Nusa Tenggara (Photo: SuaraNTB)
Bale Lumbung is the Sasak tribe’s traditional house. It is one of Batik motif inspirations in West Nusa Tenggara (Photo: @adhadi.praja)
The Quest of the Three Tribes
Batik tradition in West Nusa Tenggara is called Sasambo Batik. It was initiated by the local government in April 2010. Sasambo is an acronym for the names of three big tribes in NTB, namely Sasak, Sumbawa and Mbojo. By merging the names of the three tribes, the development of Sasambo Batik is intended to represent the local identity and embody the harmony between the tribes in West Nusa Tenggara.
Socio Cultural Values of Batik in West Nusa Tenggara
The motifs of Sasambo batik seem to be abstract, beautiful, and mythical. Its motifs have its remarkable historical, aesthetical, and philosophical values. The motifs tend to promote local custom and culture. For instance, water spinach motif describes a typical food of the people of Lombok; chilly motif, Lombok motif, pearl, and pottery motifs; Stage House motif represents traditional houses of Sumbawa island; Raja Bima’s barn motif, Shell, Papaya Leaf, Bebele leaf, and Gecko motifs.
Batik Motifs in West Nusa Tenggara
Batik Villages in West Nusa Tenggara
local batik workshop
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
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Batik production in West Nusa Tenggara
The Majestic Royal Culture
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About West Nusa Tenggara
West Nusa Tenggara or Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) is famous as Halal tourism destination, as it won the best halal tourism during World Halal Travel Awards in 2015. The province has four domestic airports and one international airport. With a great combination of culture and natural resources, NTB has been designated as one of 10 national priority tourism destinations. Among other regions, Mandalika and Rinjani National Park have been recognized as UNESCO Global Geopark in 2018.
Facts about West Nusa Tenggara
West Nusa Tenggara or Nusa Tenggara Barat province consists of two main islands, namely Lombok and Sumbawa with a total area of approximately 20,153.15 km. West Nusa Tenggara has 280 small islands. It borders with the Java Sea and the Flores Sea to the north and Samudera Indonesia to the south, Lombok Strait to the west and Bali province, East Nusa Tenggara to the east.
Segara Anak Crater Lake is an iconic natural site in West Nusa Tenggara. Surrounding the child mountain of Jari Baru, the crater lake is located on top of the Rinjani Volcano (3,726 masl), which was classified as UNESCO Global Geopark in 2018. (Photo: Mostbeautifulscenery).
Highlights on Culture
The influence of Islam emerged in the 14th century. The influence and development of Islamic teaching mainly came from the island of Java. The majority of the population is Muslim (95%), Hindu (3%) and others. This region was under the domination of the Majapahit Empire in the 14th Century. Since the 15th Century, several kingdoms had emerged in Lombok and Sumbawa Island such as Bima Kingdom, Lombok Kingdom, Dompu Kingdom, and the Desa Lae Kingdom.
Another intangible cultural heritage preserved by the local community is the Nguri Dance from Sumbawa Island. This traditional dance is performed at local rituals and guest welcoming ceremonies (photo: Negerikuindonesia).
Map of West Nusa Tenggara Province
Map of West Nusa Tenggara (photo: Big.go.id)
Map of Indonesia
Map of Indonesia (photo: Resourceful Indonesia)