Lombok’s shopping potential defies the mass-produced stream of products many of us have come to associate with modern consumer culture. Pottery, basket weaving and textiles are the three main crafts produced in Lombok.
This is a place where visitors should take advantage of local handmade, high-quality and unique products. Highly skilled craftsmen create jaw-droppingly skillful furniture, clothes and jewellry, the sort of stuff you won't find too often on anyone else’s mantelpiece or in wardrobes back home. Painstaking work goes into the production of these goods, with little compromise on the quality of the product. Eye-watering price tags are few and far between so essentially you will pay less for more.
As when in any foreign port of call, a good way to get to grips with the society around you is to venture down to a local market. The island is peppered with shops selling various apparel, furniture, crafts and jewelry. Keeping with the romantic theme of the island, pearls can be found in abundance.
The Sukara traditional weaving village is the centre of Lombok's textile industry. The style of weaving is known as Ikat – meaning to tie or bind – uses a 'resist dying' process similar to tie-dye and features symbols that refer to wealth, power and prestige. Pringgasela (East Lombok) is another village where weaving production can be observed and produce bought.
Typical items include sarongs, shirts, dresses and wall hangings. Ikat is usually done by men, while Songket is done by women, and is more complicated and passed down from generation to generation. Consequently it is more expensive, but worth every penny.
Sukara Traditional Weaving Village
Fun and interesting, a local guide will show you the entire process, from growing the cotton, spinning the thread, brewing the natural dyes, and weaving on the looms. You can then decide if you want to buy something.
The Indonesians are renowned for producing innovational, high-quality aesthetics, especially in the case of furniture. Using materials including bamboo, teak and rattan, much of the stuff produced here is exported and in much demand by westerners.
While in Lombok you might as well see the products firsthand and at a cheaper price. The juxtaposition of visual simplicity and extreme skill make these ethnic pieces hugely harmonious when placed in an interior context amongst other pieces of furniture.
D-Jaya Furniture and Teak wood Specialist.
Address: Senggigi Square Blok B/7, Senggigi Lombok Indonesia
Contact: +62 370 693 149
Address: Jl. Raya Batu Layar, Senggigi Lombok
Gallery Nao Wooden furniture & interior
Address: Jl. Raya Montong, Lombok Indonesia
Contact: +62 370 626 835
Address: Jl. Raya Batu Layar, Senggigi Lombok
Contact: +62 81 7574 5200
Lombok is a hub for jewellry production. The beauty of pearls here is that you need not go in search for them; they walk straight up to you. Beach vendors carry trays of pearls, in various shapes and sizes along the virgin sands of the island. Lombok is most well known for producing the freshwater pearl.
If you would prefer to get a receipt with your purchase, then there are around 15 pearl companies here, mostly dealing in wholesale. Coral pieces can be bought on the beach or in one of the few jewellry shops around the island. If you want a personal reminder of your time in Lombok, then a little accessory might be just the way to do it.
M & L Pearl Shop
Pearl, jewelry, gifts
Address: Jl. Raya Senggigi Lombok (Next to Jayakarta Hotel)
It is not unusual for potters in the west to call their shops or brands, Lombok. The pottery produced in this region of the globe is highly regarded for its intricate markings and originality. The process of creating these pieces is a long one; one in which hours and hours are applied to the production of these handmade crafts. Penujak, Banyumulek and Masbagik are the three main villages for pottery, each with their own distinct style and creative process. The rise in demand for Pottery from Lombok over recent years can be accounted for by its versatility and ability to fuse with materials such as bamboo, rattan and various other house-friendly textures.
Lombok Pottery Centre
10km to the south of Lombok's capital city of Mataram is the village of Banyumulek. Here, potters produce an incredible variety of earthenware used for many purposes, including instruments for preparing and serving of food and house ornaments.
Address: Jl. Sriwijaya No. 111A, Mataram, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat
Contact: +62 370 640351
Pamour Art & Gallery – Antiques, woods, Ceramics
Address: Jl. Raya Senggigi
Contact: +62 370 693 114