Pinisi (site) leaving the harbour of Makassar, South Celebes - renamed Ujung Pandang after 1971 - probably to the Jakarta Sumba Kelapa harbour. Pinisi used to transport almost everything between the islands.
With its well over 13'000 islands and over 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia has an incredibly rich past reflected in a great variety of works of art and unique handicrafts.
Over centuries the country has also been exposed, through its trade activities, to numerous foreign influences which have enriched its own rich culture.
The purpose of this site is to show what we discovered with great interest and pleasure in the 70's and 80's while living in Java.
These discoveries compelled us to constantly learn more about this exceptional country.
We are no collectors, but the pieces of art available were so plentiful and beautiful that often we could not resist purchasing some of them, just for the pleasure of being able to admire or use them every day.
Boarding without formalities at Ternate Island Airport, and the Ternate peaceful daily market
On the beautiful way from Manado to nearby Bitung,
From Ambon Airport to the City
Jakarta Sunda Kelapa harbour in 1972 with its huge number of Pinisi sailing boats boats (see)
Ambon City in the 70's
Manado north Celebes in the 70's. Today's population is over 400.000
Indonesia Tempo Dulu = in the 70's
Starting in the 70's Indonesia experienced an incredible economic development, Its population growing from 114 in 1970 to 260 m. today. Except for the downtown Glodok district, Jakarta was more of a collection of villages than a city. Today Indonesian cities are as modern, sophisticated and crowded as anywhere in the world but without loosing their human warmth. Below a few pictures of these earlier times
Between Yoyakarta and Solo on the "highway" crossing Java there was seldom a motor vehicle to be seen!