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“Lovely village, family and people, + textile heaven”

Prailiu Kampung Raja Village
Reviewed August 9, 2017

I visited Prailiu as a solo traveler interested in learning more about Sumba cloth and ikat weaving, and I got to experience all of that plus more. The hospitality and kindness of the the people is really beyond. As a weaver it was also fascinating to see how the ikats are made, right outside all of the houses. As you walk around, you'll see women weaving at their doorsteps and children playing. It was also fun to learn about the traditional architecture, the history of the traditional villages like Praliu, and spiritual beliefs and rituals.

I ended up spending an entire week there, and took some day trips from Waingapu/Prailiu.

This is definitely a bit off the regular international tourist path, so those who are interested in that will love it. Nearby beaches were also spectacular, and nobody else was even around. I hope to be able to visit Sumba again!

Thank SMsood
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place, amazing culture, super friendly people. No drunk idiot tourists, it was a lovely change compared to most of SE Asia. The architecture and the cloth is a must see. Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Prailiu is the sort of place that is hard to forget, as in these days of polished tourist attractions, there are none there except for the raw village experience that Prailiu offers. There is no pretence, no window dressing, they are all normal people living normal (to them) lives, in an extraordinary place while you join in.
The primary export to the world is their hand made cloth, "ikat", each piece being individual, takes up to year to complete and while you may have visited Bali where price haggling is the go, they do not and give their works an honest price from the beginning.
Prailiu is also a great base for exploring the area, motor bikes can be hired via Sarah or Uman who can also advise on places to go.

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Reviewed July 7, 2017

The village is as lovely as its inhabitants - so much to see culturally from Ikat weaving to megaliths. A must see!

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

Prailiu was a great experience and a chance to see the Sumbanese way of life and watch the women make the traditional textiles. If you are interested in buying the cloth you can. Everybody was very welcoming of us.

There is also accommodation in the form of two cabins so you can stay in this village for the length of your stay in Sumba.

Thank 710JamesM710
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