This shop was the most completed traditional Ikat weaving in Tana Toraja District. Beside that in this shop visitor also can see how to make the local craft using the real traditional machine that made by wood and how to paint it with the natural materials.
What to buy: This shop has many kind of Ikat Weaving, starting with the one that made using modern paint to the original one that belongs to the ancient Toraja people.
The original weave ussualy owned by the royal and honorable family to wear or used in several ceremonies.
This Ikat Weave was made by silk and weaved by the ladies or girls, to make it sometimes took several month or even a year. That factor that made this craft is expensive. To all tourist that think the price it's too expensive don't worry, cause this shop also sell the weave that also made by silk.
What to pay: It's hard to describe how much people will spend in this shop, because the price is varied. Normally tourist will spend their money starting from Rp 250.000 up to 1.000.000. But that numbers will easily passed if your'e a local craft collector.
Go to shop in the Jalan Sombu Opu! All down this street, located at South of Fort Rotterdam and one block East of the waterfront, are jewelry shops, woodcarvings, plaited work, seashells, Makassarese brassworks, Torajan crafts, mother-of-pearl broaches, Torajan and Bugis sarungs, clove artifacts, postcards etc.
What to buy: The superb craftsmanship and reasonable prices of the glittering gold jewellery make it a heaven for people from all over Indonesia. I loved the Bugis silk and sarungs, and the Toraja kopi (coffee) ... and guess what I took home? The "minyak gosok", a kind of rubdown oil. The Makassarese women make the best massage cremes (I think).
What to pay: About 5$ for good sarungs, up to some 100$ for antique Chinese porcelain ... (postcard is very cheap,... some euro-cents)
I am not a shopping minded when I go travels. Except finding local craft and handicraft or something unique which can not be found in my own place.
But here in Makassar, I go to a department store called Bunga Raya. And it's not about shopping itself, but the place. It's situated on ... kinda artificial island in offshore of Makassar and I do enjoy the views in the evening. So cool ....
What to buy: Well, just take a look, but local tee-shirt and sarung, I don't mind :)
What to pay: Rp 100,000 - 200,000