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Borneo’s Hidden Gem

In the eastern of West Borneo, not many knows, there is a potential district called Sintang. Last month, The Peak had a trip to the district and joined the 2nd Kelam Tourism Festival, an annual event to promote Sintang’s potentials. Though the district has lots of potentials, it has committed to maintaining the balance between its economic also investment growth and environmental sustainability. “This year, we want the festival to be more concrete, so we bring the participants to our ecotourism spots and places where our local commodities are produced. We want people to invest in a sustainable way because we have to protect our nature,” said Jarot Winarko, the Regent of Sintang District. For three days, The Peak has explored the culture, commodities, and tourism of the most accessible heart of Borneo.

Tari Borneo (Borneo Dance). (The Peak Indonesia/ Tara Marchelin)

Hundreds of Dayaknese, who is called as Pasukan Merah (red army), performed Tari Borneoat Pekan Gawai Dayak, a celebration which was a part of Kelam Tourism Festival 2019. They danced while being possessed by ancestral spirits and showed their immunity against sharp weapons.

 

Rumah Betang at Ensaid Panjang Village. (The Peak Indonesia/ Tara Marchelin) 

A long traditional Dayak tribe’s house or Rumah Betang at Ensaid Panjang village. Built-in 1981, this house is inhabited by 27 families who are still relatives. Dayak tribe upholds kinship and togetherness, therefore they have a long and spacious terrace where they can celebrate traditional ceremonies or have a meal together.

 

Tenun Ikat. (The Peak Indonesia/ Tara Marchelin)

Tenun Ikat (woven fabric) has been a part of Dayak’s cultural heritage. These ones were made by the women in Ensaid Panjang’s longhouse. There are two kinds of Tenun Ikat; the natural dye Tenun Ikat which has soft colour that’s come from plants, and the chemical dye Tenun Ikat that has vivid colour.

 

Raw Pepper at Encai village, Dedai sub-district. (The Peak Indonesia/ Tara Marchelin)

Raw pepper from a farm in Encai village at Dedai sub-district. Every year, around 840 tons of peppers are harvested in Sintang, thus it has been one of the district’s prime commodities. Sintang’s pepper tastes less spicy because it is planted on volcanic soil.

 

Bukit Kelam. (The Peak Indonesia/ Tara Marchelin)

The iconic monolith rock mountain of Sintang which known as Bukit Kelam. With the height of 1.002 masl, the mountain is predicted as one of the world’s highest rocks with a perfect site for rock climbing and camping. Bukit Kelam is a home of an endemic plant called Nephentes Clipeata.