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Watublapi Village

Kampung Watublapi is an area in Kajowair Village, Hewokloang District, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, which offer exotic traditional society. The women work woven ikat technique with rare patterns using traditional equipment and natural dyes from plants to produce these beautiful fabrics.

Watublapi sub-village are township residents where men grow crops and raise livestock in fields, while the women weave ikat fabric. Traditional culture on display in everyday life presents the beauty and friendliness amongst traditional houses elegant, dances and beautiful crafts.

Tinuku Travel Watublapi Village, watch and learn making rare woven fabric and beautiful dance

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Traditional dances organized for special occasions where two lines of women's wear fabrics, scarves charming, colorful bead necklaces, rattles in legs and singing in a mountainous landscape rich of palm trees, cloves, cashew, cocoa and coffee.

Music and dance is a ritual to uphold the values of friendship, loyalty and respect for ancestral culture. Woman forward and splashed to everyone while stomping, singing and dancing with joy and hospitality amongst traditional houses.

Woven fabrics of colorful dried in courtyard houses after the dyeing process using indigo tree for blue, turmeric for yellow, noni roots to brown and papayas to green. Yarn made of cotton harvested from the garden.

A small shawl made from modern yarns spend three to four weeks, while using traditional yarns were processed manually and complicated spend more than three months. Ikat and dance is a typical cultural unity as indigenous peoples in Watublapi.

Weaving craft has a function to meet the needs of everyday clothes, also part of the culture of indigenous people in Sikka as Belis or dowry and religious ceremonies. They made Utang or gloves for women, Lipa or gloves for men, Lensu or headbands and scarves.

The style of each fabric is dominated by symbols of Star, pelicans, people riding horses, chickens, serpents, deer, humming bird, flower and others. Motif also has a symbolic meaning for cultivation ceremony, ritual prevention of bad luck, funerals, marriage ceremonies, respect for parents, happiness and harmony.

The citizens in traditional life in beautiful houses of traditional architecture, working from morning to evening with happy and strong family ties. No one should teach what they have to do it in simple life.

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Location: Kampung Watublapi, Kajowair Village, Hewokloang District, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Activity: Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture, culture and culinary. Craft shop and watch cultural attractions. Hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels, resorts and homestays.

Reach access: 15 km from Maumere City.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Frans Xavier Seda Airport in Maumere City. Then use car to Kampung Watublapi.

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