Pinisi: The Legendary Ship

Have you ever heard of the pinisi? Here are some interesting facts about the legendary vessel.


Who Makes the Ship?

Pinisi makers are traditionally from the Bugis community, along the coastal area of Bulukumba, South Sulawesi.

World Cruiser

This impressive wooden ship has been used in Indonesia for several centuries to explore the world. The first was made in the 14th century by Sawerigading, Crown Prince of the Luwu Kingdom.


No Sketches

Taking around three to six months to build, these craftsmen create each pinisi by hand, without a sketch. They are built on the beach, near where the timber is felled.

Five Workers

Usually built from ironwood and bangkirai, construction of each ship involves just five workers. It is believed that too many hands would lessen the artistic value of the ship.