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Sumba preparing to host sandalwood horse parade, 'tenun ikat' festival

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, February 14, 2017  /  04:19 pm
Sumba preparing to host sandalwood horse parade, 'tenun ikat' festival

The picturesque Tarimbang Beach in East Sumba. (Shutterstock/File)

Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara is set to host an international festival that will highlight sandalwood horses and tenun ikat (traditional woven fabrics).

Slated to kick off in May, kompas.com has reported that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will attend the event, which will feature a parade of thousands of horses and a tenun ikat exhibition.

(Read also: Sumba area to shape up following hotel award, politician vows)

The parade will begin in Waingapu in East Sumba regency, then continue to Waibakul in Central Sumba regency, Waikabubak in West Sumba regency and end in Tambolaka in Southwest Sumba regency. Meanwhile, the exhibition will be held across all regencies and will involve both local administrations and residents.

East Nusa Tenggara Creative Economy and Tourism Agency head Marius Ardu Kelamu said the event aimed to promote the island’s landscape and cultural beauty.

“The festival will help create the island’s brand and promote to the world that sandalwood horses originate from Sumba,” he said. (jes/kes)

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