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Tanglad Weaving Village

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In the hills on the eastern side of Nusa Penida, Tanglad village is known for traditional weaving, but unless you venture there with a knowledgeable guide, you’d be hard pressed to realise this as there is little indication that it is anything other than an ordinary village.

That said, if you know a little about weaving processes, it’s easy enough to find home workshops, and though most are very welcoming to tourists, few speak English. Ask around for “tenun” and someone will point you in the right direction. The villagers in Tanglad use a mix of natural and traditional dyes, some preferring one over the other and produce two main styles “cepuk”, an ikat-style textile believed to have magical protective and medicinal properties, and the more contemporary design, the diamond patterned “rangrang” which means “with holes” due to the perforations produced by the technique at the tips of the diamond motive. Weavers use both large floor looms and backstrap looms and you can see both operating here.

Clack clack clack clack. Photo taken in or around Tanglad Weaving Village, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Clack clack clack clack. Photo: Sally Arnold

The first weavers we visited were just a small family business, and the friendly lady explained that she was part of a 30-family weaving cooperative in the village. She preferred chemical dyes due to their permanence and wider choice of colours and as with everyone we spoke with, bought the ready spun cotton or silk from the local market or from Bail and dyed the thread themselves. In the past cotton was grown on Nusa Penida, but these days most is produced in Java and the silk is apparently imported from India.

Traditional dyes use indigo and morinda, both cultivated on the island, which produce shads of blue, yellow and reds through to black. Cepuk weavings from Nusa Penida are traditionally believed to hold the most power of all sacred ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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