Drums and ikat
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th April, 2017
Named 1000 Moko, according to the brochure, in reference to the diverse cultural experiences of Alor and its people, the museum has an impressive collection that you could easily spend an hour exploring. We were lucky enough to have one of the attendants walk us through the entire exhibit across both buildings.
Broadly speaking there are three main exhibits: a socio-historic display with old photos, artefacts and dioramas illustrating how people traditionally lived; an impressive selection of Moko drums and, in a separate building, a large collection of traditional weavings from across the island.
Aside from a collection of old photographs, historical vestiges include Portuguese and Dutch cannons, Japanese swords, traditional weapons and some lovely Chinese ceramics. The Moko drums (there are dozens of them on display) are really impressive; don’t be shy about asking staff if you can open up the glass display cabinets for a closer look. A standout is the enormous Nekara drum, which was apparently dug up in Kokar district after somebody had a dream about the location.
The ikat and songket weaving display is comprehensive and broken up into separate cabinets which correspond to each area responsible for the weaving. Areas include Alor Kecil, Kolana, Kui, Pantar and Ternate. if you’re new to ikat, do ask one of the friendly attendants to show you through as they can explain the nuances between ikat for men and women, and the stories behind some of the motifs.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.