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Visit Ikat Textile weaving villages while on Yacht Charter

2019-04-08T14:00:55-04:00

Peppered around the Flores Archipelago in Indonesia are a number of Ikat Textile Weaving Villages where Textile weaving is part of everyday village life.  Visiting these various villages, mainly located in Volcano Alley in the Eastern Flores Archipelago is most easily done by crewed yacht charter.  These are villages at the base of volcanoes on islands where every day life is as it has been for centuries.  This is where true Ikat Textiles are woven and created using natural dyes hand made, with cotton carded and spun into threads.  Where bits of naturally occurring sisal arewoven around the cotton threads for resist dying.  Looms are hand made from branches.   Without regular ferry systems, these villages are best visited by private yacht charter to truly see and experience tradtional daily live in the villages.

Visit Watublapi Village, a Weaving Village on crewed yacht charter in the Flores Archipelago in Indonesia to see firsthand a fabulous demonstration of Ikat Textile weaving by the villagers of Watublapi, wearing their village Ikat designs captured here in this pictorial review. This is an extraordinary chance to see an age old weaving tradition, done by hand on hand made looms, in villages rarely visited except by crewed charter yachts.

Visit Ikat Textile weaving villages while on Yacht Charter2019-04-08T14:00:55-04:00

Yacht Charter; a warm welcome on charter yacht Silolona

2018-10-31T00:10:23-04:00

Boarding the 164’ sailing Phinisi charter yacht Silolona is a warm welcoming experience for a start to every on board yacht charter cruise.  Step on board and be greeted with a cooling lemon grass scented wash cloth to wash away the travel heat and be refreshed with a tall cool glass of fresh fruit juice, while you settle in on deck for a welcome from your crew.  On your arrival for your yacht charter cruise all of the crew gather on deck to be introduced to you to start your yacht charter cruise with traditional Indonesian music and songs, for a great kick off for a terrific yacht charter experience on board the sailing Phinisi charter yacht Silolona.

Yacht Charter; a warm welcome on charter yacht Silolona2018-10-31T00:10:23-04:00

Yacht Charter in Indonesia; Using Natural Dyes in the Ikat Textile Weaving Villages in Eastern Flores

2018-10-31T12:34:40-04:00

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Visiting the textile villages of Eastern Flores Indonesia is really best done by crewed yacht charter, as there is only a small local ferry system in this area visiting just a few ports.  The crewed sailing yacht Silolona is available for crewed yacht charter in Eastern Indonesia and in our opinion, here at Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters, sailing on the crewed charter yacht Silolona is the best and possibly only way to visit the various local Ikat Textile weaving villages in the Eastern Flores Archipelago, where the women are still very much involved in traditional Ikat Textile weaving by hand as a part of their daily lives.  When cruising through the area on the crewed sailing charter yacht Silolona, a number of villages can be visited that are clustered on the various islands where dyeing, spinning, and weaving cotton fibers is still done with dyes made from natural ingredients, with cotton spun by hand, to create textiles woven by hand on hand made looms.  The dyeing however is an exceptional traditional village industry with dye recipes handed down from mother to daughter to create the many colors of the fabric of life in this area of Indonesia.  We were thrilled when visiting several villages in Eastern Indonesia in the Eastern Flores Archipelago while cruising on board the 164’ crewed charter sailing yacht Silolona to see, first hand, the making of natural dyes and the dyeing process used to color these hand spun cotton strands.

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We learned that all of the dyes are generally now and always have been made from ingredients found in the surrounding landscape, as the only resource available to these village people for the last number of centuries and still today.  Many of the women in the villages in Indonesia in the Eastern Flores and Alor Island areas are still making various dyes to dye strands of cotton as they have been for centuries.

Cotton is grown and harvested in Indonesia and the women in the villages work the cotton bolls, so that the cotton bolls are seeded, carded and spun by hand into cotton strands for weaving.  Either the strands are dyed various colors first or are tied with dye resistant natural fibers such as raffia to create Ikat patterns in the cotton strands, to then be dyed.

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The predominant color used for the natural dyes is blue with various shades of blue created from the locally grown indigo plant.  Natural indigo dye for the various shades of blue is created by a fermentation process over low heat, usually in a pot over a small wood fire.  The indigo plant is mixed with natural madder from the roots of a low growing ground vine, grains, and soda ash, made from the ash of leaves.  By slowly cooking all together in a pot on low heat while gently stirring, a sludge of oxidized indigo is created on the bottom of the pot, which is strained and used or dried and stored as dye cakes to be used at a later time.  When dyeing, the indigo blue color is adhered to the cotton strands by drying the strands each time after repeated dipping to allow the color to oxidize in the air for permanent color affixation.

The color red is created by crushing the bark of the Marinda tree in water to extract a red pigment called morindan.  Unlike indigo blue, which is a fermentation process, dying red requires a mordant to be combined with the morindan to affix the color to the strands of cotton.  A mordant requires oil, tannin and aluminum salts and in Indonesia is often created with an oily solution made out of the candle nut, a tannin made from local plants, and aluminum salts made from the powdered leaves and bark of certain trees that grow in Indonesia at a very high level.  For use in the lowland villages, the powdered leaves and bark of these highland growing trees must be acquired in trade.

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Yellow dye can be created by pounding the turmeric root with water in a mortar with the end of a small tree trunk or pestle. Green dye can be created by pounding leaves with water in a mortar for a fresh green color created from the chlorophyll.  Neither of these dyes produces a color that is steadfast and both the yellow and green cotton strands dyed from dyes made in this manner will fade in a short matter of time.

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To create a more permanent yellow dye, the bark from the mango tree, jack fruit tree and heartwood tree are pounded to create a more durable yellow color.  This dye can then be mixed with an indigo blue for a more permanent green color.

Ikat Textile Weaving, Watublapi Village, Indonesia

Whatever the method the women in a particular village choose to use, this fascinating and still traditional industry of cotton dyeing can be seen firsthand in various villages on a yacht charter on the crewed sailing yacht Silolona on a charter in the Eastern Flores Archipelago in Indonesia while visiting the Ikat Textile weaving villages.

Yacht Charter in Indonesia; Using Natural Dyes in the Ikat Textile Weaving Villages in Eastern Flores2018-10-31T12:34:40-04:00

Crewed Charter Sailing Yacht Silolona and the call to sail

2018-10-31T12:44:21-04:00

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Charter Yacht Silolona

The 164’ Phinisi crewed charter sailing yacht Silolona is wrapped in legend and shrouded in mystique, which adds to the magic of a charter experience on board. For, just as the in the legend of Silolona, for whom the yacht is named, when starting a charter on this yacht, a call is made to Silolona to add her strength to a successful on board charter experience.

Goris, Dive Instructor on board the crewed charter sailing yacht Silolona makes the call to the spirit of the legendary Silolona

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Crewed Charter Sailing Yacht Silolona and the call to sail2018-10-31T12:44:21-04:00

Charter Yacht Silolona and Volcanoes, Volcanoes, Volcanoes

2018-10-31T19:02:40-04:00

Charter Yacht Silolona anchored in front of active volcano

Charter Yacht Silolona anchored in front of active volcano

As one of the few Indonesian flag yachts available for crewed yacht charter, Silolona offers charters throughout the extensive cruising area of eastern Indonesia which is not only fascinating and beautiful, but the location of more active volcanoes than any other location in the world, and the location of some of the most world famous volcanoes.  If volcanoes are your thing, or pique your inquiring mind with unanswered questions, or are just awe inspiring, then you should consider a charter on board the charter yacht Silolona in eastern Indonesia for the rare chance to experience volcanoes up front and personal.

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Charter Yacht Silolona and Volcanoes, Volcanoes, Volcanoes2018-10-31T19:02:40-04:00

Silolona and the natural beach spa

2018-10-31T19:06:16-04:00

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Silolona Spa Experience

With miles of deserted remote and isolated beaches everywhere, experiencing a natural beach spa exfoliating treatment to reveal beautiful soft skin is available at the drop of a hat while on board the 164’ Phinisi charter yacht Silolona on a crewed yacht charter in eastern Indonesia, Myanmar and the Andaman Islands.  Sooth skin and exfoliate on an isolated beach, sitting in the sand with warm water lapping at your ankles, using your choice of natural body scrubs to scrub your skin to a healthy glow.  After absorbing the myriad of benefits from the various scrubs, just slip into the warm crystal clear blue green waters right at your feet, and let the salt water naturally rinse the scrub residuals away to reveal your new soft beautiful skin.  It is hard to beat this natural spa experience on the beach and beautiful waters offered while on board a crewed yacht charter on the charter yacht Silolona.

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Silolona and the natural beach spa2018-10-31T19:06:16-04:00

World Class Diving in Myanmar on Silolona

2018-10-31T20:16:03-04:00




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Andaman Sea – Star Feather

One of the few crewed charter yachts to visit Myanmar, Silolona offers a full scuba diving program on board including scuba diving instruction for the uninitiated.  Comfortable for up to 10 guests in 5 guest staterooms, Silolona has a full selection of diving gear and wet suits for all on board, and 2 large guest tenders, so the Dive Instructor can take a group diving, while others visit a nearby beach, snorkel or perhaps go fishing.  Having been closed to outsiders for over 50 years, scuba diving in Myanmar on a crewed yacht charter on Silolona is world class diving in untouched pristine waters teeming with underwater life and outstanding and varied coral formations.  Those that enjoy snorkeling with be thrilled as well.

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World Class Diving in Myanmar on Silolona2018-10-31T20:16:03-04:00

Musket Cove Yacht Club Membership Fiji, A Sailing Honor

2019-01-20T17:58:12-05:00

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Fiji Musket Cove

Musket Cove Yacht Club located on Malolo Lailai Island in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji is both one of the easiest and one of the most difficult yacht clubs to join. For while membership is conditionally granted to anyone that arrives at the Musket Cove Yacht Club office, the condition is that you must have sailed into Fiji from another country, and not just another port in Fiji. Therefore, membership in the Musket Cove Yacht Club is a statement in itself of having accomplished a significant number of sailing miles in the South Pacific. Membership is for life, and the onetime lifetime fee is an extraordinarily reasonable 1 Fijian Dollar for the Captain and 5 Fijian Dollars for each crew member. Membership at the Musket Cove Yacht Club is honored for reciprocity at many worldwide yacht clubs, making this yacht club membership fee one of the best values in the world, if not counting, of course, the cost and time to sail to Fiji from another South Pacific country! (more…)

Musket Cove Yacht Club Membership Fiji, A Sailing Honor2019-01-20T17:58:12-05:00

Silolona Yacht Charter, Explore the Inside of Indonesia

2019-02-24T15:16:20-05:00

 

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Silolona

To charter in Indonesia, the yacht must be Indonesian flag. Look around, there are very few, at least very few that are to the international standards of crewed yacht charter that we all expect. Silolona, and a “sistership” that is being built to be launched in July, are the best of the best for crewed yacht charter in Indonesia and this is a charter experience unlike any other and one not to be missed!

Silolona Yacht Charter, Explore the Inside of Indonesia2019-02-24T15:16:20-05:00

Myanmar Yacht Charter; Visiting the Moken Sea Gypsies

2019-07-05T12:21:15-04:00

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Myanmar: Moken Boy Spear fishing

When on a Myanmar yacht charter, be sure to visit the Moken Sea Gypsies in the Mergui Archipelago. This insular group number no more than two to three thousand and maintain a nomadic sea based life, sailing from island to island in homemade boats foraging for food. These Hunter Gatherers are descendent from an Austronesia ethnic group and still speak their own language and maintain their own way of life. In relative isolation, the Moken Sea Gypsies move throughout the area of western Thailand and eastern Myanmar in the Andaman Sea. However while they have been relatively isolated, the Moken still recognize a fellow sailor and welcome visitors from cruising charter yachts.  It is only on a Myanmar yacht charter, however, that the Moken sea gypsies can ever be visited and experienced in their native envirnment and maritime habitat.

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Myanmar Yacht Charter; Visiting the Moken Sea Gypsies2019-07-05T12:21:15-04:00
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