Visit Ikat Textile weaving villages while on Yacht Charter
Written by Missy Johnston
Peppered around the Flores Archipelago in Indonesia are a number of Ikat Textile Weaving Villages where Textile weaving is part of everyday village life. Visiting these various villages, mainly located in Volcano Alley in the Eastern Flores Archipelago is most easily done by crewed yacht charter. These are villages at the base of volcanoes on islands where every day life is as it has been for centuries. This is where true Ikat Textiles are woven and created using natural dyes hand made, with cotton carded and spun into threads. Where bits of naturally occurring sisal are woven around the cotton threads for resist dying. Looms are hand made from branches. Without regular ferry systems, these villages are best visited by private yacht charter to truly see and experience traditional daily live in the villages.
Visit Watublapi Village, a Weaving Village on crewed yacht charter in the Flores Archipelago in Indonesia to see firsthand a fabulous demonstration of Ikat Textile weaving by the villagers of Watublapi, wearing their village Ikat designs captured here in this pictorial review. This is an extraordinary chance to see an age old weaving tradition, done by hand on hand made looms, in villages rarely visited except by crewed charter yachts.
With more than 30 years of experience in crewed yacht charter as both a yacht charter broker and yacht charter crew as Chef, Missy Johnston has a wealth of knowledge, most gained from personal experience on which she draws for every blog written. Missy has traveled and cruised extensively in many of the worldwide yacht charter destinations, providing excellent first-hand knowledge and the opportunity to take photos in many off the track locations to include in all her blogs and itineraries. And, of course, extensive cruising and time spent as yacht crew gives Missy terrific knowledge about what constitutes comfortable cruising and how to create the best charter experience and itinerary possible taking into consideration wind, weather, currents and tides. Having been a charter chef, Missy understands your onboard cuisine needs and can help guide you in completing your provisioning information for the best onboard charter cuisine.