Indonesia

Art Everywhere

Indonesia is a treasure-chest of art forms. With over 17,000 islands, art is the expression of the archipelago’s hundreds of tribal cultures and the result of centuries of trade, exchanges and colonial presence. The diversity of ethnic groups is reflected in the varied linguistic, religious and costume traditions co-existing within the country and art is no exception. Handicrafts, textiles, ceremonial items as well as forms of theatre and traditional dances exalt the influence of traditional cultures in daily life.

Teak: Indonesia’s Precious Wood

Published on Gili Life Wood is a fascinating material, unparalleled in its beauty and functionality. Whether burnt for heat, carved for construction or worshipped as sacred, wood is no ordinary material. Mankind has exploited its countless properties for thousand of years; even today, wood remains one of the most valued natural materials available. Naturally protecting […]

Seasons in Indonesia

Equatorial climate at its best Published on Gili Life  Covering over 5,000 km, Indonesia is one of the largest archipelagoes in the world, with thousands of islands stretching along the equator. Indeed, most of the country has an equatorial climate, which means temperatures are quite stable throughout the year, ranging from 22°C to 32°C. However, […]

Sasak People

Population: 3,600,000 Language: Sasak Geography: Lombok Religion: Islam (Wetu Telu), Islam (Waktu Lima), Bodha (Buddhist, Hindu and animistic influences) SASAK ARCHITECTURE Traditional Sasak houses are representative of a family social status and hierarchy and are typically built in rows in the low part of the village. Made in wood and woven bamboo (bedek), they have […]

RAMADAN MUBARAK!

“Ramadan is the month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from fire.” ~ Prophet Mohammad Once a year, Muslims across the world celebrate Ramadan to commemorate the month in which the Qur’an, Islam’s sacred book, was reveled to Prophet Mohammed. Over these 29-30 days, Muslims abstain from eating, […]

Sustainable Travel: Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints

As travelling becomes accessible to more and more people, more and more locations across the world are vulnerable to the impact of mass tourism, which has undoubtfully a strong impact on the environment and can influence forever local biodiversity, local culture and the experience of future visitors. Indonesia and the Gili Islands are no exception and the environment has changed dramatically due to massive tourism-related investments and the increasing presence of international visitors.

6 Major Events in Indonesian History

  1. Eruption of Mount Toba Occurred between 66,000 and 77,000 years ago, this is the Earth’s largest known eruption, which almost totally wiped out the human race. It is believed this event strongly affected the history of the evolution of the human species. Eruption du Mont Toba Survenue il y a 66,000/77,000 ans, cette […]