Takpala Village; A Place Set In Time
Imagine a simple gazebo held together by six wooden pillars and covered almost to the ground with Lontar leaves and you’ll get a Lopo. There are two types of Lopo in Takpala village; Kolwat and Kanaruat. Kolwat is a type of Lopo which everyone can enter. While Kanaruat is a type of Lopo which only few can enter. There is another type of house called Fala Foka. It’s a traditional house with 4 levels occupied by 10 to 13 families.
People who live in Takpala village are from the Abui tribe, the biggest in Alor archipelago. They are well-known for their friendly personality and will gladly welcome tourists who come to visit with a breathtaking traditional dance called Lego-lego. Throughout the performance, men will wear traditional Abui attire and carry weapons and shields. If you want to try on the traditional garments, you can do so and take pictures with the locals.
The people of Takpala village work as farmers and hunters mainly to find food and sustain their families. They mainly eat cassava and corn. Just like in other parts of Flores, the ladies in Takpala village work on their Ikat Tenun. They also make rattan bags and handicrafts from bamboo.
Photo: muhammadmaahir via Instagram