The Fish Mongers of Lombok
On Sunday mornings, there's no livelier spot in Kuta, a surf and fishing village in Southern Lombok, Indonesia, than the loud, crowded marketplace at the entrance to the beach. Hawkers shout, roosters crow, and donkeys pull carts groaning under the weight of giant bags of rice. You'll have to elbow your way through the throng to get to the goods. The sellers, comprised entirely of the Sasak people indigenous to the island, cover the size of a large supermarket with an eclectic array of offerings. Fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, baby clothes, backpacks, tapestries, pots, pans, ceremonial knives, tapestries. Despite the diversity of what's for sale, this weekly event is known as "the fish market." Front and center is a long row of women, sitting with the morning's catch laid out on platters before them.
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