What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? Pristine beaches and crystal clear water? Well Indonesia is not all about awesome beaches, its rich tradition and culture make it even more alluring to travelers.
So let me introduce you Indonesia’s traditional caci dance, a ritual whip fight, which exists among the Manggarai people.
The dance performance is carried out by two male fighters, one of them come from another village to participate in the fight. Armed with whip, shield, masks, and sticks, these fighters show their skill amidst shouting from spectators, who encourage them to show more lively performance.
The fighters’ performance depict philosophical values of the Manggarai community.
It is generally performed to celebrate top events such as welcoming an honor-guest and wedding party.
The trip was sponsored by OM Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. Thank you !
Sari Amerta Batik is one of Bali’s well-known shopping complexes famous for its batik products.
A large number of tourists visit the complex daily to witness the rich and exquisite batik products displayed here. Situated in Batubulan, the complex offers foreign tourists an opportunity to get familiar with the process of designing the batik products.
Various batik products both for women and men are available inside the complex. Don’t expect bargaining, as the rates of the priceless products are fixed. If you are a big fan of hand-made products then this is the place you should visit once.
Besides clothes, colorful paintings are also available for sale at the complex.
To make you familiar with the process of designing the Batik products, below are some of steps that these products go through before becoming a final product –
Making designs on the white material:
a. Copying the original designs; b. Directly without copying before.
Covering designs with wax (klowong) on both sides.
b. Filling designs with ornaments and small dots.
c. Covering some special part of the designs to get the second color (sawuk)
d. Covering some special part of the designs to get the third color (tembokan)
Traditional colors like blue, brown and light yellow are used for a better appearance.
All most all travel agencies in Bali can arrange a short trip to this complex.
To my disappointment, I could not get pictures of batik products as photography is prohibited inside the complex.
My trip was sponsored by Om Tourism – one of India’s leading travel agencies.