Komodo Island made its name to the world due to its toxic inducing, wild and prehistoric Komodo dragon lizards that’s curiously been roaming the earth since 5,000 million years ago and now left in the tiny islands of Flores. Now, Indonesia’s Komodo National Park has slowly drawing huge attention from worldwide travelers mainly due to the dragon beast and the magnificent beauty of the islands themselves.
But beyond the dragons and stunning landscape, the Komodo Island and Labuan Bajo is home to rich heritages. Arts, crafts, and traditions run thick on the blood of Florenese and their talented hands has birthed some Florenese keepsakes that definitely worth to take home. So if you find yourself travelling to Komodo, spare space in your bag to make room for these! Also, you are helping the locals by giving something back directly
The Fascinating Tenun Ikat on Komodo Island
The tenun ikat (woven Ikat) is very important to the Florenese. The gorgeous traditional Florenese handwoven fabric made appearances to practically everything on the Florenese daly lives. Dyed commonly in deep red, indigo, purples, and earthy brown, the Florenese tennis Ikat has steal the heart of many. Both Indonesian locals and international tourists fall in love with its mesmerising patterns. Don’t leave Komodo Island without this gorgeous piece of clothes.
Shiny Pearls from the Land of Dragons
Behind the rugged terrains and prehistoric landscape, the Komodo Island and its neighbouring islands hides secrets of stunningly crafted pearl jewellery. The Komodo has been notoriously known for its rich marine life, and this seemingly impact to the life of oyster. Its plankton-rich waters creates perfect environment for oysters to thrive. High quality pearls is one of the pride of Flores—and it’s easy on the wallet, too. The pearl farms around the national park can be reached out by liveaboard or speedboat. If you have extra money to spend, these shiny balls is definitely a bright investment.
The Delicious Flores Bajawa Coffee
In the wake of coffee aficionado, getting the best single origins in the world become one of the obsession among coffee enthusiast. Indonesia is one of the top 5 coffee producers in the world and Flores Bajawa coffee is one of their pride. The Bajawa coffee is famous among espresso enthusiast. It has strong base with notes of wood, chocolate, and hints of floral. Bean or ground, pack a bag of Bajawa coffee for your home cafe.
More Travelling Stories You’ll Like:
On Komodo Island, It’s the Dragon Souvenirs of Course!
Almost anywhere on Komodo Islands you will see local crafters selling wooden Komodo dragons carvings. Take a Komodo dragons with you as a token of the trip. This one won’t bite, drooling toxic saliva, or demands a water buffalo to feast on.
Have You Tried Flores Honey?
Flores Manggarai honey is one of the staple among Florenese after their coffee. And just like its coffee, the honey has strong and distinct flavour, mainly sweet, with nutty and chocolaty notes. Live healthier after a visit to Komodo Island with a bottle of pure Flores honey.