Sukarara Village
Sukarara Village
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Travel monk
Jakarta, Indonesia23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Basically it's a tourist trap. You will have 2 ladies doing the traditional handloom work. They will offer you to train on their weaving machine and you have tip them minimum 10,000 Rupiah. However the showroom is damn expensive. They literally loot you. What they offer you there you will get at fraction of price in other Lombok shops. Don't come under pressure out of gratitude and buy something unless you have too much money to dispose off. It's a co-operative society where many artisans sell off their products and it's such a shame that they don't want to sell at competitive prices.
Written January 11, 2020
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Alice J
Buxton, derbyshire3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The tour was very interesting- watching the weaving itself and being dressed up traditionally. Whilst going around the village the young children kept shouting money money at us - which we found highly offensive and rude. They dressed us up in traditional clothes which was lovely to experience. Whilst been taken back into the shop we saw a truck pull up full of the products, under a large plastic sheet (could see through bars) The guide proceed to say the shop was full of their products that had all been made on sight - down to the children making the wooden key rings. Which is so fake (must have thought we fell out of a tree) they’ve all been made on large machines and probably imported from overseas. All shops, markets, people sell the same products across Indonesia. We asked to make a donation to which they replied for the respect of the locals we should buy something. All overpriced and not wanting to cause any offence we bought a small gift for 70k. They’d make so much more money if the products were genuinely made on sight. A shame
Written September 26, 2022
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Siyu Y
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Related to the shop itself: Typical tourist spot where guides lure tourists in. Then they put up a show to showcase their „handcraft“. I strongly suspect that even some local fake customers are installed to appear more busy.
The pricing is OUTRAGES. Even for western Standards. Please make sure to always push to 50% of the price AT LEAST!
While i hope the money does some good for the villages und workers and some pieces do seem nice, you can’t help but feel ripped of in the end.
If you can i would suggest you avoid this place.
Written June 21, 2024
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froggyperth
Perth, Australia158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
Visited Sukarara, on arrival we were met with a guide, which shows you thru the village, and the women which spend 8 hours a day in the front of their homes weaving cloth. They are very clever and was interesting to see.
The tour of the village takes around 20 minutes visiting several women making various cloths.
The guide then directs you to the shop at the front of the village to buy sarongs, cloths, table runners, etc most were around $40 aussie $ or more. I did not buy anything and the guide did change his attitude, he was quite rude. I did give him a considerable amount as a tip for his trouble. Would I do a return visit. No.
Written November 4, 2013
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KakuKa
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
no need to spend the time to go there if you are in lombok for a short duration.
the guide will show you a lady who is weaving the cloth and then take you to the shop to buy some of the hand woven cotton.Which is quite a waste of time to be frank.
Written October 18, 2013
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Adeaemma
Jakarta, Indonesia64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
The driver brought us directly to that weaving center right after the main road. And that's convenient but not really authentic, and the prices are nuts! After that we went to the village, going further on the smaller road, left the car somewhere and just walked around the village. Met some nice locals (helps to speak some Bahasa), there are also some weaving workshops spread out in the village, another big tourist shop. but the people are nicer, less aggressive than that first weaving center/tourist trap. And it's quite pleasant to walk around in the village.
Written September 4, 2013
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,037 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014
If you want to visit a truly traditional village, skip Sade and come here! While it is not pretty like touristy Sade, Sukarara is a a REAL village where people live, work, play and die.

Since our guide knew that my spouse and I enjoy learning about the culture and lives of the people in the places we visit around the world, he brought us here during our private tour of Lombok. We had a marvelous and informative visit walking through the actual village, stopping to talk with women as they performed their household chores. We peeked inside the houses and storage huts, we saw their bee hives and their communal wells, and snapped photos of the kids at play. And we were not hustled on a fast-paced tour such as Sade offers. Here we could linger as long as we wished to talk, to take photos, and to just take everything in.

Some reviewers have said this is not an authentic village. They are wrong! If you only saw the co-op building where the women weave and sell their fabrics, then you DID NOT see the village! Yes, we were taken to the co-op and the showroom at the end, but the majority of our time was spent where the people live, not where they weave and sell.

Do Not miss this place!

Written July 3, 2015
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nycpeg
New York City, NY46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
Visiting this community-run shop was a joy. You will be met by a guide who will take you on a tour of the village so you can see various women at work in their home looms. There are also a few women weaving right at the shop so you can get a closer look and perhaps give it a try. Fabrics were generally of high quality, with variation in designs, colors, and skill as you would expect for a handmade product. No one bothered us as we examined the merchandise. You can bargain on prices but remember that a few extra dollars means much less to you than to the families your purchase sustains. (I say this with guilt as I feel I should have paid more than I did... ).

This was a completely different experience than we had in one of the "traditional" villages, and certainly much nicer than buying at a large store or tourist site.
Written November 25, 2013
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Elizabeth H
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
This kampung of weavers and sellers are a delight. Obviously they want to sell; it's their livelihood! Every weaving place shop became my 'first' until I' d seen enough and knew I wanted something and had an ambit price in mind. Polite bargaining, preferably in Indonesian for mutual understanding / respect and deals were done. The village, the people, the weaving all make this a place I love to go back to. Only about an hour by taxi from Mataram, I kept the driver for the day for about Rp 200,000, or $20,00, big spender!
Written January 23, 2013
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emdeme
Newcastle, Australia1,078 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
This stop was part of our tour of the southern area around Kuta and its beaches. Our guide took us through the village and showed us several women (including 1 at 82) weaving in the traditional seated loom. The weaving was beautiful and the tour lead to the gift shop that you have to visit before leaving, like any tourist attraction anywhere. They dress you up in traditional fabrics then of course they want you to buy the whole outfit. We did buy some very expensive fabrics as we did not want to haggle. I cross my fingers it is genuine hand woven! The people of Lombok have been through a lot lately with earthquakes and now the huge drop off in tourists so we did not argue with the prices, as a result I am sure we paid way too much for our fabric but still a small price to pay for us and hopefully helps their economy.
Written September 23, 2018
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