West Timor shopping

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 ti'i langga (lontar-leaf hats with a centre plume) from Rote make an authentic, but novel souvenir. For more var…
Music in Oebelo & Oesao


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 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 ch…
Arts & Crafts 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. Th…
Textiles 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.
Arts & Crafts 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 appea…