MATARAM- Handicraft is one of main product of micro small and medium enterprises (UMKM) in Lombok. Their peoples craftsmanship has create variants of special souvenirs for the travelers.
Lombok craftsmanship are renowned for its ancestry and one of the best craftsmen resource in Indonesia. The culture of creating and producing the best artworks are spread through the entire island of Lombok.
Designed carefully by using local material, evoking the spirit of Lombok and delivering the pure local taste. From necklaces to pottery, from statue to wooden furniture, the people of Lombok is natural born artist that work for the life and traditions.
As a capital of the island, Mataram City is an ideal place for souvenirs hunters. Sayang-Sayang art market in the northern side of the city can be an options. Sayang-sayang is a well known for its handicraft product for long time.
Their main product are Cukli. Cukli is refer to various of craft such furniture, carvings, statue, home appliances that carved with Cukli, pieces of clamshell cutting. After the carvings are made, the seashells are cut and stuck on the carvings as the ornaments in various formations such as circles or stars.
Beside that, Sayang-sayang also produce pottery, wood carvings and many more. Most of the product are available at the art market. Such as cukli, furniture, tissue boxes, masks, bags, pearls, and other handicrafts in various shape and size.
The market also provide many handicraft from other parts of Lombok such as hand woven of Sukarara, pottery of Banyumulek or Ketak basket from Narmada.
This market is few minutes from Selaparang Airports, the old airfields of Lombok or 20 minutes from Senggigi Beach. Wati, the owner of an art shop tells about the golden ages of Sayang-Sayang art market.
Since the opening at 2000, this site is a favorite place for the travelers who need the authentic souvenirs of Lombok. “All kind of Lombok handicraft you can find here,” she said.(lpg)