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Memory of International Fashion Parade in Muscat, Oman in 1991, showing my Ikat in the Gulf

Memory of International Fashion Parade in Muscat, Oman in 1991, showing my Ikat in the Gulf

The thing you find when digging up old photos in the computer, I found this photo, the only photo I have from an international fashion parade event organised by a very good friend of mine, a Colombian fashion designer I met in Muscat, Oman in…

Ulos, my Family heirloom

Ulos, my Family heirloom

Ulos is the traditional textile of the Batak people of North Sumatra (my people). In this region Ulos means blanket, where people here in the past used ulos mostly as a blanket or shoulder cloth (for a smaller ulos), to keep themselves warm as the…

Exploring Alor, Sept 2016 – Digging up the secret recipes of Natural dyes.

Exploring Alor, Sept 2016 – Digging up the secret recipes of Natural dyes.

One sunny morning on a day in early October 2016 I woke up to the beautiful sunrise on the horizon of Kupang, West Timor.  I had been in Kupang for a few days now and stayed at the Neo hotel, a lovely hotel only a short…

Ulos hunting in Lake Toba, North Sumatra Sept 2016

Ulos hunting in Lake Toba, North Sumatra Sept 2016

Many of us who travelled to Lake Toba before April 2016 still remember the long unpleasant journey to reach this beautiful destination. Previously, travellers destined for Lake Toba had to endure the long 4 to 5 hours overland journey from Medan. Today, this is a…

Flores Adventure – A day in Bena Village,  Ngada Region of East Nusa Tenggara

Flores Adventure – A day in Bena Village, Ngada Region of East Nusa Tenggara

We left the Manggarai region with amazing memories in our minds. So much we need to celebrate on the beauty of the part of Flores we left behind, but some things have left me with unanswered questions in my mind. Our next destination is Bena Village, it…

FLORES ADVENTURE – RUTENG, THE LAND OF THE CACI WARRIORS

FLORES ADVENTURE – RUTENG, THE LAND OF THE CACI WARRIORS

Our next stop after Lingko rice fields was Ruteng. Ruteng is a small town on the western end of Flores Island, just a few hours journey from Labuan Bajo. Ruteng is the capital of Manggarai Regency, in East Nusa Tenggara Province, it is the largest…

Flores Adventure – Cancar, The Magical Lingko Spiderweb Rice field

Flores Adventure – Cancar, The Magical Lingko Spiderweb Rice field

Our journey through Todo was very interesting, passing busy villagers with their busy lives.  We met so many people along the way, particularly curious children. I cannot forget the moment when we met those young school children, 24 young girls, living in a small hut,…

Flores Adventure – meeting a weaver in Beakondo – Her disability is not her inability

Flores Adventure – meeting a weaver in Beakondo – Her disability is not her inability

We said goodbye to our hiking buddies in Dintor and to Mr Martin Anggo’s family and set off heading for our next adventure.  After passing a few large potholes and a very scary looking broken bridge, we came to a small village up the hill toward…