Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Ombak Putih – 3 Nights

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    • Lesser Sunda Islands
    • 4 Days / 3 Nights
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    • Additional Dives
    • Airport Pick Up
    • Boat Cabin Accommodation
    • Daily Scheduled Dives
    • Dive Guide
    • ENOS
    • Full Board
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
    • Land Excursions
    • Meals
    • NITROX
    • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
    • Soft Drinks
    • Tour Guide
    • Welcome Drink
    From 1.320,00$
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    Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Ombak Putih – 3 Nights


    The Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands

    Liveaboard Cruise with Ombak Putih

    From: Timor to: Maumere/Flores

    Cruise Rate starts from 1.320 US$ – 4 Days / 3  Nights


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    A Cruise Story by Author: Catherine Mortensen

    Sue and David Richardson partnered with a company from Bali and were the resident textile experts on board the Ombak Putih. The ship was a 42-metre sailing ship with twelve staterooms and a top-notch crew of fourteen men. The service and culture on board was delightful relaxed and helpful. There was great attention to detail, certainly in terms of guest safety on board and transferring from ship to dinghy in varied conditions. Air-conditioned cabins, a daily laundry service, housekeeping and awareness of special dietary needs made certain that all were comfortable and well cared for.As we would return from our shore excursions to various weaving villages we would be greeted on board with cold, fresh squeezed fruit juice and cool,damp towels to mop our brows and refresh ourselves. The weather was hot and humid but being aboard the ship most always guaranteed some cooling breeze. On a couple of evenings onboard we were treated to the crew serenading us with guitars, drums and song. One lovely star lit evening we had a beach picnic complete with candle light, torches and fresh seafood. I loved going to the upper deck after dinner, laying on a sunbed and watching the heavens stream by as we motored along.


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    The village welcomes often consisted of traditional singing, chanting and dancing. Villagers dressed in their ikat textiles and excited children added to the overall festivities. We had various demonstrations of local dying and weaving traditions. Indigo and morinda were the two main dye substances used for the textiles. Each of us came away with a renewed appreciation for how labour intensive both the dying and weaving processes are particularly in terms of producing hand loomed ikats rich in history, stunning in topography and full of traditional culture our travels on these small islands were so memorable. A journey that had it’s roots in a book about Qaraqalpaqistan led to a network of new friends and colleagues from around the world – America, Britain, Canada, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan and an introduction to the lush beauty of Indonesia. A local Indonesian guide provided excellent cultural insight in a lovely, relaxed manner all the while organizing the land transport and details in the villages on our daily excursions. Part of our daily routine was a half hour pre-dinner power point lecture presented by David or Sue with an overview of the regional history, weaving traditions and a schedule for the following day. The lectures accompanied by extensive printed notes were meticulously prepared and presented. For me the handouts will be great reference materials when looking back and reviewing our travels.


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    Sample itinerary: 4 Days/3 Nights – Textiles of Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Cruise

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    Day 1: Kupang to Baun

    After our direct flight to Kupang we will check into our hotel before driving to Baun for an audience with the King of the Amarasi, before making a visit to a small local weaving cooperative to see a demonstration of how they make naturally dyed Amarasi textiles.
    There will be an evening presentation about the history and textiles of the Lio people of Ende and we will enjoy an excellent dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

    • Kupang, Kupang City, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 2: Flight to Flores

    After breakfast, you will be taken straight to the airport for an early flight to Ende on Flores Island, where we will visit the nearby district of Ndona to visit a cooperative run by a small group of Lio weavers who make beautiful traditional textiles incorporating natural dyes.
    We continue up into the mountains to visit a fascinating village, where textiles are a feature of daily life, but where weaving is banned.
    The clan leader (called a mosa laki) will escort us around the village and explain to us about its history and culture. Once we arrive at Kelimutu Ecolodge, there will be a pre-dinner lecture about the textiles we will see tomorrow.

    • Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 3: Flores/Ende

    In the morning we will head to the remote weaving village of Nggela, stopping along the way for photographs over the spectacular Mbuli Valley. The local weavers will show us how they still produce some of the best quality ikat in the Ende Regency.
    After lunch at the Ecolodge we will venture to the other side of the valley to visit an interesting mixed Christian/Muslim village that also produces textiles, but with different designs and motifs.
    Back at the Ecolodge we will enjoy a traditional Lio feast and cultural performance.

    • Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 4: Mt. Kelimutu Volcano

    An early start today as we drive up the side of the volcano to the entrance to Kelimutu National Park. From here it is a pleasant 30-minute-walk through woodland to the first viewpoint over the spectacular three-coloured crater lakes.
    Later that afternoon we will arrive in Maumere Harbour and board the Ombak Putih, which will be anchored in the bay.

    • Kelimutu, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

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