of the handicrafts found on Pulau Weh are made from the coconut
palm. The industry is still small and it is not until the last
few years that the people of Pulau Weh have come to understand that
their art actually is appreciated. Almost no marketing has ever been
done to promote it and as a visitor to Pulau Weh one almost has to
search for it. A shop has opened in the ferry terminal and it is
worth a visit.
you probably will see in Iboih and Gapang are very beautiful
necklaces and earrings made out of coconut shell, often
combined with seashells. There are a handful of guys making these at
home and selling them directly to foreign visitors. Recommended!
The government organization Dekranas support local efforts
and has a small showroom (see
In Ujung Kareung on the east coast
is a small factory making handicrafts of wood from the coconut tree.
There you can also see the how they work. Several women make
embroidery at home. The shop Toko Sabang, Tel: 0652-21140,
next to PUM Losmen sells souvenirs, mainly Acehnese embroidery from
New souvenir shops have opened recently in Iboih, Gapang and
in town. Not everything they sell are made locally. They have
t-shirts with Sabang motifs.
The most popular souvenir from Aceh is however the classic
Acehnese dagger, the Rencong, famous from Acehnese wars.
Today the Rencong mainly functions as a detail in the traditional
dress. The blade is made out of steel or brass and the hilts and
scabbards are normally made of ivory, wood, or buffalo horn.
Even silver or gold is sometimes used. The shape of the Rencong is
said to be derived from the Arabic "Bismillah irrahman irrahim" (in
the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate). The best
Rencongs can be found in Banda Aceh.
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