Kampung Nele – The Village of Ironsmiths

Kampung Nele – The Village of Ironsmiths

In Nele Village, located only 7 km away from Bajawa, you’ll find a village filled with ironsmiths hard at work on the Titiparang. Titiparang is the expression for the craftsmanship of machete making. In this village, the machete or the parang is an important source of the income for the locals. When walking through the village, you’ll be listening to the rhythmic sounds of clanking iron made by the ironsmiths who are all hard at work making the parang.

Photo courtesy of: Flores Tourism

In Florinese culture, the parang plays an important role in the life of the local people. Aside to farming, it is a great way for the locals to earn an income. Used in traditional dances, as a traditional weapon and a useful tool to in the farm and the woods, the parang makes each male’s attire complete. Usually, the parang is made by men who learned the trade from their ancestors. Daily, they make four to five blades and then sell it in the nearby city Maumere.

Photo courtesy of: Flores Tourism

The bases of the parang are made from the bodies of cannons. However, no one knows where the cannons come from and how they came to be in the village. It has been said that these cannons were brought in from the neighbouring village of Koting.

For the women, Ikat weaving an important part of their day. When visiting Nele Village, you could take a look at the masterpieces as you walk past their homes, as the women prefer to work in the front yard of their homes.

Travel tips:

–       This village is easily reachable by motorbike or car, as it is only 7 kilometres away from Maumere

–       Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks while there as there are no facilities

–       Respect their culture and traditions at all times

Photo courtesy of: Flores Tourism


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