Charms of Tenun Lombok and Sumbawa

The archipelago has many hidden breathtaking beauty, and probably Lombok and Sumbawa are the two that need to be highlighted. They’re widely known for the secretive beauty of their nature and in recent years have already been among tourist main destinations in eastern Indonesia. Lombok and Sumbawa also posses many cultural resources -which haven’t been widely recognized- and one of them is tenun or songket (woven material).

If you happened to be on a trip to and explore Lombok or Sumbawa Island, -and not only stay in the main city-, you’ll probably notice that the native residents are still wearing traditional sarong as their daily outfit for everyday activities. As Lombok has such strong acculturation with Balinese, the tenun products also have some similarities. Many of those tenun products won’t be easily distinguishable their place of origin (Lombok or Bali). As I have learned, Lombok and Sumbawa’s tenun have more variants in terms of their weaving pattern. Their patterns are diamond shaped and simple stripes, lines and checkered which are inherited through generations of hundred years.

Back in 2006-2007, probably that was the first time tenun Lombok rose from its comfort zone -being the traditional sarong outfit. Linda Hamidy Grander, a local bag crafter and designer from Lombok gave an insight of tenun Lombok in a modern look, she first created handbag collection from tenun Lombok.

As the local government strives to promote this cultural heritage, a fashion show of Tenun Lombok and Sumbawa featuring 4 designers were gracefully presented in Jakarta last October. Local designers Linda Hamidy and Epoel Daeng Hasanung, shared the stage with Irna Mutiara and Deden Siswanto from Bandung. Blown away by the richness and characteristics of the fabric, Deden Siswanto created a deluxe-ready-to-wear collection without having too much alteration of the fabric itself. Irna Mutiara on her feminine and elegant Muslim wear, rediscovering the weaving technique and coloring, bringing something more natural and soft version of Tenun Lombok. A beautiful composition of ethnic modern Muslim style, with local content in global taste. Casual, trendy, and dare to be different men outfit from Daeng Epoel and strikingly charming, cocktail party dresses from Linda Hamidy. I love the vivid color, and the ladylike shape of Linda’s dresses, definitely a scene stealer for your afternoon party.

Deden Siswanto

Deden Siswanto

 

Deden Siswanto

 

 

Irna Mutiara

 

Irna Mutiara

 

Irna Mutiara

 

 

Linda Hamidy

 

Linda Hamidy

 

So, from pictures above I figure you have something in mind regarding tenun Lombok and Sumbawa pattern. A must have item to add to your existing collection of kain tradisional.

What can I say, those exceptional show mixed with continuing presentation of Lombok and Sumbawa beauty of nature, I can’t wait to fly back there.