When the earthquake hit Lombok 5 August 2018 and the tremors that followed not only devastated the house of many, it also shook
trust in what they know. The earth rumbled beneath them which had always been so stable and their way of life and trust in the future was disturbed. It took Pringgasella many months to recover to some sort of normality but until today (almost 2 years later), families are still living in the temporary houses we helped build. The region has not seen sufficient funds and will take a long time to recover.
When we visited Pringgasela in November 2018 our friends were still in shock. Ruble still piled along streets and in faces that previously showed joy we saw fear and uncertainty about their future. We encouraged them by placing an order for 100 pieces of fabric. While this did not solve problems it encouraged to return to normal life and brought immediate income to many weavers. Our customers have since supported them by buying every piece and we have have ordered many more since.
Our Lombok family, Anna, Erwin and their 9 children manage the weaving co-op we work with. Sadly their home and gallery was damaged during the quake. Bale Warna Alam Natural Dye Workshop became their’s, plus many others, safe house while their own homes were rebuilt. With support from our customers we were able to help Anna and Erwin fix up their gallery so they can continue to house the weaving co-op. Also with our help, their restaurant is operational again so income can begin flowing. Anna makes incredible food for tourists adventurous enough to visit their village. In Anna’s restaurant the cracks are now filled, the walls are painted and the floor has been re-tiled so her customers can enjoy her amazing food in comfort. Contact us if you want to visit them in Pringgasela.
Thank you for your support, it goes a long way
Pringgasela is a traditional weaving village in the foothills of Mount Rinjani, Lombok. The main industries that support the village are farming and weaving. Every female is taught to weave and the majority of homes have a weaving loom. Many families in the village lived below the poverty line.
On 5 August 2018 an earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 (ML 7.0 according to BMKG) struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. It was the main shock following its foreshock, a nearby 6.4 earthquake on 29 July. It was followed by a nearby 6.9 earthquake on 19 August 2018.
The epicentre was located inland, near Loloan Village in North Lombok Regency. The fault rupture spread to the north and reached the sea, creating tsunamis. Severe shaking was reported throughout the entire island, while strong shaking was reported on the neighboring islands of Bali and Sumbawa.
Widespread damage was reported in Lombok and Bali. Officials stated that at least 80% of structures in North Lombok were damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of the sequence of earthquakes in August, a total of 563 people were confirmed killed while more than 1,000 were confirmed injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.
This earthquake is the largest and the strongest earthquake to have hit Lombok in recorded history. With more than 560 deaths, it is also the deadliest earthquake in the Lesser Sunda Islands since the 1992 Flores earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake later caused chains of earthquakes in West Nusa Tenggara with significant magnitude, which was deemed by officials as a rare event.