Shopping in Nusa Tenggara

  • Shopping in Labuan Bajo

    Magnolia Boutique Komodo

    At Labuan Bajo's best fashion store, all pieces are locally made, with some also designed in Flores. There's plenty for the ladies, from linen clothing to contemporary caps made with naturally dyed ikat (patterned cloth), as well as shirts and tees for the blokes and adorable children's clothing. There are plans to move to the marina complex.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Mataram

    Lombok Handicraft Centre

    At Sayang Sayang (2km north of Cakra), this centre offers a wide range of small shops; look for the arched sign over the narrow road that reads 'Handy Craft'. Browse crafts, including masks, textiles and ceramics from across Nusa Tenggara. This is a great place to stroll around.

  • Shopping in Waingapu

    Praikundu Ikat Centre

    This small weaving centre is 2.5km off the main road, sticking to the left fork. Run by Kornelis Ndapakamang, it's hung with some of Sumba's most prized ikat, all naturally dyed with detailed motifs. Kornelis will happily chat in Bahasa Indonesia, explaining how his members are keeping Sumbanese traditions alive. Lengthier ikat workshops available upon request.

  • Shopping in Waingapu

    Ama Tukang

    A series of rooms and houses championing ikat and jewellery, where guests can see everything from motif design to colouring and weaving. The collection features marapu, animals and village scenes – all hung on display beside dried corn in the rafters. There's also decent accommodation from 250,000Rp per night.

  • Shopping in Temkessi

    Maubesi Market

    Maubesi is home to the Kefa regency’s best textile market. Market day is Thursday, when ikat is displayed beneath tamarind trees, along with produce, animals and pottery. Natural dye is the most prized and pieces can fetch between 1,000,000Rp and 5,000,000Rp, depending on the technique. Some take over six months to make.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Mataram

    Pasar Mandalika

    There are no tourists at this vast market near the Mandalika bus terminal in Bertais, but it has everything else: fruit and veggies, fish (fresh and dried), baskets full of colourful, aromatic spices and grains, freshly butchered beef, palm sugar, pungent bricks of shrimp paste and cheaper handicrafts than you will find anywhere else in west Lombok.

  • Shopping in Kupang

    Pasar Inpres

    The main market is the rambling Pasar Inpres, south of the city. It's mostly fruit and vegetables, but ti'i langga ( lontar -leaf hats with a centre plume) from Rote make an authentic, but novel souvenir. For more variety, check out Pasar Oeba off Jl Ahmed Yani, in between Lavalon and Swiss-Belinn, about 1km from each and walking distance to the Pasar Ikan (fish market).

  • Shopping in Oebelo & Oesao

    Sasandu

    A Rotenese musical-instrument workshop run by Pak Pah and his family, featuring traditional 32-stringed harps called sasandu, crafted from young palm leaf, red wood and bamboo. Now in his 80s, Pak watches over the shop while his son – who made it to the final stages of Indonesia's Got Talent – treats guests to Beatles covers and takes requests.

  • Shopping in Alor Archipelago

    Sentra Tenun Ikat Gunung Mako

    Ten metres off the road beneath some banana trees you'll find Mama Sariat Libana, mother of Alornese ikat, holding court or playing cards. Originally from nearby Ternate Island, she not only supports local weavers by providing this basic showroom, but is responsible for uncovering 202 colours from natural materials, including several kinds of seaweed.

  • Shopping in Soe

    Timor Art Shop

    If you’re interested in antiques and handicrafts, don't miss this shop that could double as a museum. You’ll find Timor’s best selection of masks, sculpture, hand-spun fabrics and carvings at unbelievable prices. There’s no sign, so call owner Alfred Maku first. He speaks excellent English. Opening hours can vary.

  • Shopping in Kupang

    Ina Ndao

    It's worth seeking out this neighbourhood ikat shop. Textile lovers will be pleased with the wares sourced from across Nusa Tenggara, and you can take home a neat pair of ikat espadrilles. It offers naturally and chemically dyed varieties, and staff demonstrate the weaving process upon request. Accepts credit cards.

  • Shopping in Praya

    Dharma Setya

    Dharma Setya has an incredible array of handwoven Sasak textiles, including ikat (patterned textiles) and songket (hand woven silver or gold-threaded cloth). You'll need your own wheels to reach it on Jl Sukarara, just off the main Praya–Mataram highway.

  • Shopping in Gili Meno

    Art Shop Botol

    Art Shop Botol is a large handicrafts stall just south of Kontiki Meno hotel. Choose from masks, Sasak water baskets, wood carvings and gourds. It's run by an elderly shopkeeper with 11 children and countless grandchildren.

  • Shopping in Senggigi

    Asmara Collection

    A cut above the rest, this store, next to the namesake restaurant, has well-selected tribal art, including richly detailed carvings and textiles from Sumba and Flores.

  • Shopping in Mataram

    Lombok Epicentrum Mall

    With a cinema, food courts and the full spread of consumer pleasures, this four-floor mall is Lombok's biggest and fanciest.

  • Shopping in Gili Trawangan

    Abdi

    Forgot your favourite frock? Shop for flouncy beachwear at this stylish shop.

  • Shopping in Baun

    Kelompok Tenun Ikat Kai Ne'e

    About 20 women are part of this group, who weave using natural dye and are happy to show visitors around, especially if you'd like to make a purchase.

  • Shopping in Waikabubak

    A Hamid Algadi Art Shop

    The owners of this art and souvenir shop appear from nowhere to open up as you arrive. There are wooden antiques, old stone grinders, bronze jewellery and an ikat collection including both brightly beaded and naturally dyed cloth. Head out the back to check out impressive stone carvings.

  • Shopping in Labuan Bajo

    Carpe Diem Books & Bijoux

    Blink and you'll miss this sweet, second-hand bookshop, which shares a space with a day-trip boat operator. Dive into a blind date with a mystery book wrapped in brown paper or trade pre-loved books for a discount or cash. Jewellery and postcards also available.

  • Shopping in Temkessi

    Maubesi Art Shop

    Has a terrific selection of local ikat, antique masks and statues, plus carved beams, reliefs and doors from old Timorese homes. Bargaining is acceptable despite price tags. Look for the 'ART SHOP' sign. If it appears closed, just knock.