The island of Sumbawa is all volcanic ridges, jungle peninsulas, pristine white beaches, and sheltered bays. And Wera is one of its hidden gems. Wera is a small Buginese settlement on the northeast coast of the island of Sumbawa, where the men build wooden boats along the black-sand shores. Here you can explore hand-made ships in various stages of construction. Some of these boats are colossal, and it is fascinating to see the process of their creation. While men build ships, the village women spend days weaving brightly colored cloth. Known as Ikat, it is a form of weaving that evolves from a very complicated process where the design of the fabric is dyed onto the warp threads before weaving begins. All of the girls in the Wera community know the craft of weaving, but it takes years for them to become genuinely accomplished as the elders. The cloths produced here are exquisite, making fantastic souvenirs, which are all the more special because you have met the women who created them.