Uma is the name for the traditional house built by the indigenous tribal communities of the Mentawai Islands in the province of West Sumatera. Although it looks simple, the Uma is not only important as a place of dwelling, but as a cultural center as well.
An Uma is typically occupied by 5 to 7 descendants from the same family, following patrilineal lineage. Women living in the Uma are usu
Although perhaps not as popular as the traditional Batik from Java, Songket from Palembang or Ulos from Medan, the openwork embroidery found in province of Gorontalo, north of the Bay of Tomini, in Sulawesi, is of equally high artistic value. The uniqueness of the work, intricate beauty of the motif, quality and artistry possessed by a single piece of Kerawang makes it an increasingly valuable cul
Among Indonesia’s masks dances, the Tari Topeng from Cirebon is one of the most renowned.
The town of Cirebon, once a thriving kingdom and busy harbor town, lies on the north coast of Java, right on the border between West Java and Central Java. Its culture, therefore, mixes West Java’s Parahyangan elements with traits inherited from the Central Javanese Mataram kingdoms.
In the Cirebon
One of the most unique traditional musical instruments of the East Nusatenggara Islands is the “Sasando”. However, with modernization its popularity has waned, but now new efforts are made to revive this ancient instrument and to have it blend in with modern musical instruments.
Originally played by the people of Rote island, located south of the island of Timor , Sasando is a stringe
The island of Nias, located in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of North Sumatra, lies exactly on the fault line where the Eurasian plate meets the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, making the island prone to earthquakes.
In the last devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004, followed by another one in 2005, Nias lost no less than 900 lives. But experts have now di
Zapin Dance is a Malay dance which is imbued with religious and educational messages. The dance has its roots in the Malay culture and traditions of Riau that hold diverse values in their lives. This traditional dance is highlighted by its beautiful diverse movements originally born out of the skillful movements of the feet as originally performed by Arabic and Persian males. The Zapin Dance in In
Mak Yong is a Malay performaning art that incorporates ritual, dance, drama, song and traditional instrumental music in a captivating form of folk theatre. Mak Yong has taken root in communities in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is believed that this form of theatre originates in southern Thailand, which was then brought to Bintan in the Riau Islands via Singapore.
In the Riau islands, Mak
The wonderful cultural diversities of the Indonesian Archipelago are fused together in the spectacular performance: Devdan -Treasure of the Archipelago that is regularly staged at the Nusa Dua Theatre, at Nusa Dua, Bali.
“Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago” is not a musical, nor it is a drama, instead it is a contemporary acrobatic and dance performance that is inspired by the
Tanah Rencong or the land of the Rencong is a title widely attributed to Aceh, the most north-western province of Indonesia. The name derives from the traditional weapon that is not only legendary but is also considered a heritage that has passed down the generations from their ancestors.
The Rencong (or sometimes known as Reuncong or Rincong) for the Acehnese is more than just a combat weapo
One of the most distinct traditional works of art on the island of Buton, in the province of Southeast Sulawesi, is the Buton hand-woven cloths. The tradition of weaving has been known since hundred years in this multi-ethnic area and has been handed down to the younger generations until today. The women of Buton, both from nobility as well as the common people, may start to learn to weave since t