Accessible through a keyhole between jutting limestone cliffs, 50km northeast of Kefa, Temkessi is one of West Timor’s most isolated and best-preserved villages. The drive across wind-swept ridges, with distant views out to sea, sets the otherworldly mood, but upon arrival you'll be met by giggling children and perhaps a puppy or piglet.
Back along the road from the main highway, 19km from Kefa, 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 can fetch between 1,000,000Rp and 5,000,000Rp, depending on the technique. Some take over six months to make. If you're not passing by on a Thursday, Maubesi Art Shop has a terrific selection of local ikat and handicrafts.