Lombok is predominantly peopled by the Sasak tribe, numbering around 3 million or around 80% of the population. Although the lumbung, Sasak vernacular architecture for a granary is quiet visible around Mataram, and is emblematic of the island’s Sasak culture, it is in the Sasak Sade Village in Rembitan where one can appreciate the tribe’s way of life and heritage.
Visitors are greeted with a traditional musical ensemble in traditional dress, and already, the craftsmanship of their musical instruments, from the wooden gong holders slung by the necks to the batik like covering of the drum’s body, already caught my attention. One by one, we were welcomed with piecese of woven scarf placed over our shoulders.
As soon as we gathered around the clearing, we were welcomed by one of the villagers and introduced us to some traditional performances: the tarian gendang belek, a welcome dance where two men with those huge drums perform a dance while playing the instrument; the petuk dance which is performed by boys who will undergo circumcision –> their facial makeup is kind of interesting; peresaian dance, a ritual warrior dance and the amak tempengus, performed by the court jester to entertain the sultan.
Sasak houses are rather modest and echoes our very own bahay kubo except that it has a receiving area made with flooring a mixture of soil and cow dung. Sleeping quarter is at the second floor. Roofing, like most around Southeast Asia, is steeply inclined so that rain water just slides down. Weaving is a major livelihood and the Sasak has specific motifs reflective of their culture.
Sasak Sade Village
Where to stay
The Golden Tulip Hotel in Mataram is a good base to stay in Lombok. It’s a beautiful 4 star hotel that has a well designed, high ceilinged lobby and restaurant area with daily breakfast buffets and diners can also eat al fresco beside the picturesque pool. The rooms are cozy and comfortable with floor to ceiling windows showing off the Lombok countryside. I especially loved the mountain view room which can be dramatic at sunrise.
Golden Tulip Mataram
No.40,, Jl. Jend. Sudirman
Rembiga, Mataram – Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83239, Indonesia
+62 370 6170999
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