The Leti Islands are part of the “Forgotten Islands” of the Maluku Province of Indonesia. This long chain of archipelagos has been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and indeed, the world for generations. Leti Island proper is in fact, one of Indonesia’s southernmost islands located between the Banda and the Timor Sea, near Timor Leste. Leti Island supports a population of approximately 7000 people, mostly living along the shore, whose society is matrilineal and whose native language is also known as Leti. There is no natural harbor on Leti and this can make the island difficult to access especially during the monsoon season. The Leti Islands were once famous for carved wooden ancestor figures, but today are better known for the fabulous ikat woven fabrics produced here. Locals also herd buffalo on savanna habitats, grow rice in the lowlands, fish in clear blue waters, and tend to coconut palms near the fine white-sand beaches of the island.