Bali to gili trawangan by bluewater express ,The village Sukerare is a craft-producing village of Lombok’s famous songket weaving. The location is outside of the country, Jonggot Subdistrict, central Lombok. The journey to this village can be reached using public transport from Bertais to Praya and down when leading up to at Puyung. You can then proceed with the wear of the service taxi heading to Sukarara.

The village is about 25 km from the city of Mataram. It is recommended, when a visit to the village, we recommend using a private vehicle or Charter, given the public transport which is rarely to be found.

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As it known earlier that Sukarara is the largest producer of songket centers in Lombok. This is already part of the commodity until it penetrated the market abroad. Songket weaving is a woven fabric that is made with the technique of adding yarn ornaments with feed from synthetic yarns colored in gold, silver, and other colors. The ornaments were inserted in between the warp threads. Sometimes the decoration can be either beads, shells, as well as coins.

Upon arrival at Sukarara, then visitors will be greeted by women dressed in the indigenous Sasak. They demonstrated their skills with alacrity in the weave. Some stores are usually present a spectacle of the techniques of songket weaving, it can be directly viewed by the visitors. The techniques are simple, traditional techniques still being practiced by craftsmen, i.e. ranging from yarn processing (using ballast that diputar-putar with the fingers of the hand, the ballast shaped like a top made of wood), into a piece of fabric that is colorful. Interested visitors can participate try to weave the sasak women like that.

The fabric is worn Songket as part of traditional Sasak outfit called Gastric Shirt (women’s clothes), the typical indigenous dress of Lombok with plain black motif with variations of subordinates, usually shaped scarves, belts or other accessories. While for men usually use songket as subordinate (custom shirt Tegodek Nongkeq couples) are arranged so that entertaining. and just look at the picture below, really pretty right when combined with a Hull shirt Fabric Songket this??

Woven fabric worked on average at home (home industry). Almost every House has its own tenunnya tools. However, the profession weavers just made by the sister, while the men worked as farmers in the rice fields. There is a unique tradition related to these women, songket wishing to marry are required to provide his own woven fabric to couples. If it has not been able to make woven songket, then women are not allowed to be married. However, when a desperate want to marry as well, then the woman will be subject to a fine. Fines can be either money nor crops of rice.

Motifs songket offered was very diverse, including chicken motif, motive, eight flower flower motif, motif of four begambar Gecko which is a symbol of luck, pakerot motif in the shape of a horizontal, colored violet trudak motif, and many more. Each motif has its own meaning.

To weave a fabric of Songket is required at least one week for the simple motive. The more complicated your motive the longer time required, can be up to many months. One fabric is on sale starting at the price of 300an thousand to 2 millions. Quite expensive indeed, but considering the materials, motifs, and time worked on, the price is quite reasonable. There are sizes ranging from kids to adults.

The village of Sukarara also produce ikat. Ikat material very simple i.e. made from cotton. Production time does not require a long time, Weaver a day enough to resolve the ikat throughout 3 m. Prices vary depending on the ikat dye his mantle, if made of chemical dyes then dibanderol from Rp. 100,000, whereas the fabric made from natural dyes then prices pegged dikisaran IDR 150,000.

For the price of weaving songketnya vary according to the size, difficulty level, and the raw materials used. Cheapest found price IDR 50,000 to small tablecloth size, whereas for a shawl, scarf, headband and can dibanderol price Rp. 100,000. Woven fabric combined with gold thread could be worth around Rp. 1.5 millions to Rp 2.5 millions.

The hardest thing of this weaving is determining the motive at the start, as seen on the tool is just a thread, yarn, and thread, and the thread again but when woven fabric can be patterned and colorful. It’s not that easy, of course.

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