Nusa Tenggara shopping

Top Choice Market 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, fre…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Mataram

Lombok Handicraft Centre

At Sayang Sayang (2km north of Cakra), there's a wide range of small shops here; look for the arched sign over the narrow road which reads 'Handy Craft'. Browse crafts, including masks, textiles and ceramics from ac…
Fashion & Accessories 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, as well as …
Textiles in Waingapu

Praikundu Ikat Centre

This small weaver's 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 …
Textiles 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 displ…
Market in Temkessi

Maubesi Market

Maubesi is home to the Kefa regency’s best textile market. Market day is Thursday, when along with produce, animals and pottery, ikat is displayed beneath tamarind trees. Natural dye is the most prized and pieces ca…
Market in Kupang

Pasar Inpres

The main market is the rambling Pasar Inpres, south of the city. It's mostly fruit and vegetables, but bizarre ti'i langga (conical hats) from Rote make a novelty purchase. For more variety, check out Pasar Oeba off…
Music 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 s…
Textiles 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 b…
Textiles 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 che…