Beautiful Traditional Clothes of East Nusa Tenggara Province


East Nusa Tenggara Province is one of the most recommended vacation destinations in Indonesia. Thanks to majestic beaches and various natural attractions. However, it is also famous for its culture and unique traditions. Even their traditional clothes are worth to learn or even buy! Well, here is the good thing. Several tribes live there and each of them owns their own traditional clothes. That means tourists are able to witness various types of beautiful local attires when exploring the region. They even have the chance to buy and watch the making process directly.

The Major Tribes
In a nutshell, there are 4 major Indonesian tribes with their attractive traditional clothes. Thus, tourists should only focus on them when visiting the region later. These tribes include Rote, Sabu, Helong, and Dawan actually. For a better and more efficient trip, it is recommended to come with a local guide as this service knows exactly where those tribes live. Plus, he may provide thorough information regarding traditional clothes and any related trivia. Another thing to consider is related to the transportation. Make sure to make a schedule beforehand in order to avoid inefficiency!

More about the Traditional Clothes
The first traditional clothes that tourists may find in East Nusa Tenggara Province belong to Rote Tribe. In terms of appearance, this attire offers both philosophical and aesthetic value. The pattern is unique and beautiful indeed. Not o mention it features a distinct headgear called Ti’i langga, which looks like a sombrero of Mexico. According to the locals, the headgear symbolizes both confident and pride of a man! As for the fabric, it definitely involves Ikat Fabric.

The next famous tribe in East Nusa Tenggara Province is called Sabu. They indeed have distinct traditional clothes, which involve several parts like a white long-sleeved shirt, belt with pocket, woven shawl, golden crown, and golden bracelets. Overall, both men and women wear similar clothes and ornaments so tourists can easily spot them while visiting Rai Hawu Island. For the information, the women often wear woven fabric and traditional blouse that come with two winding. They call it “Pending”, actually.

The next interesting traditional clothes that tourists may find in East Nusa Tenggara Province belong to Helong Tribe. This one involves Bodo shirt, some neck ornaments, and a headgear called “Destar”. For the information, these people live on Semau Island. Another tribe that owns unique traditional clothes is called Dawan Tribe. The name of their attire is Amarasi. It features Timor bracelets, neck ornaments, Bodo shirt, Muti Salak, and a tiara for the head ornament! To get more information regarding those clothes, it is better to hire a local guide though.

Nearby Attractions

  • Komodo National Park
  • Kelimutu National Park
  • Pink Beach
  • Loh Liang
  • Lasiana Beach
  • Kelimutu Lake
  • Wae Rebo Village
  • Batu Cermin Cave
  • Tarung Village
  • Sirung Mountain

How to Get There
A trip to East Nusa Tenggara Province indeed involves an airplane, especially those coming from other provinces. From Jakarta City, for example, travelers need to take an airplane from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and head to El Tari Airport located in Kupang City right away. It is true the distance is far, but the flight may take only 2 hours and 55 minutes. Once tourists get to the capital of NTT Province, they can start heading to nearby villages where those tribes live!

Where to Stay

  • Cendana Hotel
  • Pelita Hati Hotel
  • Carvita Hotel
  • Greenia Hotel
  • Jolly Hotel
  • Cahaya Bapa Hotel


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