Besides funeral ceremony, buffalo carnage or burial sites, Tana Toraja offers some alternatives such as trekking or country sight seeing. Of the the route to the north of Rantepao towards the Sa’dan Malimbong district, you can find the poster girl.
She is the same lady shown on the North Toraja tourist map.
when we arrived at the almost ‘deserted’ weaving village (Sa’dan To’barana), she was one working in the stores. 95% of the stores were not opened or abandoned.
There is another (also deserted) weaving compound nearby.
You might be disappointed if you fly all the way to Sulawesi to see weaving town. If you look (or ask), you will find that most of the cloth were made by machine and other shops sell the same design.
if you are trying to take an alternative tourist route other than funeral ceremony, buffalo carnage or burial site, then driving to Sa’dan could be a great idea. One can see some nice country side and paddy fields.
While waiting for Christine to shop, I am focusing on this thread of fiber.
There is a weaving shop at Rantepao where they sell some weaving products and souvenirs. It save tourist half and hour drive (16KM) through very bad road condition to Sa’dan.