PHINISI HISTORY

A Noble Seafaring Story

Prana by Atzaró was inspired by the tradition of the Phinisi and the way it has been built in Indonesia for centuries.

The Phinisi is a traditional two- masted sailing ship originally crafted by the master seafarers known as the Bugis people in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. These venerable vessels look a little like the Arabian Dhow and were originally used for both transport and cargo, especially to transport the famous spices from the remote Banda islands.

Originally, and exactly like Prana by Atzaró, these Phinisi would be built on the beach near where the ironwood and teak logs are sourced in the rainforests of Sulawesi and Kalimantan. These skeletons would then be transported to the boat building sites for further construction.

The master craftsmen who build these yachts grace each stage of the building process with traditional and unique rituals and ceremonies. This starts with choosing the right trees for the most crucial parts of the structure and continues through each stage.

UNESCO recognised the Phinisi yacht as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in December 2017.