Sumba Textiles

The textiles of Sumba The textiles of Sumba (an island in eastern Indonesia) represents the means by which the present generation passes on its messages to future generations. The pieces are deeply personal, follow distinct systematic form but show the individuality of the weaver and the village from which they are produced. Internationally, Sumba’s textiles…

Sumbanesse Traditional House

SUMBANESE TRADITIONAL HOUSE Sumbanese Traditional House The Sumbanese traditional house (Sumbanese uma mbatangu, “peaked house”) refers to the traditional vernacular house of the Sumba people from the island of Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia. Sumbanese house is characterized with its high-pitched central peak in its roof and strong connection with the spirits or marapu. The…

Pasola Festival

Pasola Festival Pasola is a thanks giving ceremony to the ancestral spirit of people from West Sumba East Nusa Tenggara. More than 50 men riding horses which divided into two groups – from upper and lower villages. Before they start, the Rato ( Traditional priest leader ) Prays in between of two groups, then he…

What to do in Sumba Island

What to do in Sumba Island Sumba island is one of three big islands of East Nusa Tenggara (Flores Island, Timor Island and Sumba Island). Although I had visited Flores and Timor, I had never been to Sumba. Part of the reason is that it’s so isolated, which makes it that bit more expensive and…

Sumba Tribe History

World Tribe ~ origin of the name of this tribe is specified may be derived dar humba word, which means “original”. sumba residents call themselves Tau Humba, or indigenous people who inhabit the island of Sumba. Their territory now covers West Sumba and East Sumba. Languange Sumba Tribe Language Sumba has some two dialects, namely…