The West Lombok Regency is famous for the exotic villages. People in this area are used to relying on their own selves and work decades to perfect their craft. In the Nyiur Baye Gawah village, the locals make baskets. Located in the Narmada sub-district (Batu Mekar, to be exact), this place looks very authentic, if you know what I mean. They use ketak to make one of the finest-looking baskets in the world.
Weaving is not an easy craft – you need to dedicate your entire life to it. Ketak grows near the village. It’s a very flexible plant/grass that is easy to turn into beautiful hand-crafted items. They are strong, last for long, and aren’t afraid of water, which makes them perfect for this craft.
Selling Goods To The Asian Market
The Nyiur Baye Gawah village isn’t the most popular spot in Lombok – far from that. However, if you’ve got the time and energy, I encourage you to pay it a visit. It’s places like this one that allows you to truly connect with the island and learn more about the locals than you ever could at the beaches and in the temples.
Countries like China, Japan, and South Korea are the main buyers of these products. You could say that this ancient craft/tradition only lives thanks to them. The prices are very competitive, and the fact that every single item is hand-crafted only adds to their appeal. I bought a couple of presents for my friends in the States and for myself.
What Does The Future Hold For This Village?
It’s safe to say that the traditional crafts are a huge part of Lombok’s charm. Without these tiny villages, it would’ve been just another tropical island in Asia. Check out my reviews on the other outstanding settlements/communities and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
It’s sad that the younger generations aren’t really that interested in the arts of weaving and pottery, among others. They want to study at the universities and leave the island behind. Is that a bad thing? Of course not! On other hand, without new people to carry on the knowledge, everything will be forgotten.