A little over fifty years ago Sumba was the land of humble warriors, where the blood that was shed during yearly Pasolas and the sacrifices made to honour ancestors seeped into the ground to incite a better harvest. On this indigenous island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on the southern stretch of Indonesia, these age-old rituals remain, passing the passage of time due to its remote location.

Travel a path rarely trodden around Sumba Island, a real-life Nirvana in Indonesia.

Words by Laura Brown for Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Arabia



All the cultural elements found around the island, Sumba intrigued me throughout.


Ikats, the handwoven blankets capturing tradition and heritage in fine thread.