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Dayak Historical Objects in Balanga Museum (photo: allindonesiatourism)

Balanga Museum

Originally built as a regional museum, Balanga Museum has many collections on show and in storage, whether cultural, ethnographic, or archeological. As you step into the museum you can really perceive the atmosphere of Dayak people, and you can witness things that belong to some specific phases in the life of a Dayak since his birth.

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Balanga Museum

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Central Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Enggang Dayak

Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

 

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Motifs

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Bale Lumbu

This motif signifies the welfare of the ancient Sasak society. Bale also symbolizes the

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Tongkonan

Toraja’s traditional house is called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a place for

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Pucuk Mekar

This motive reflects the joy and gratitude to God over the grace of

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Gurdo Solo

Gurdo or garuda bird is the mount of the Indian god Vishnu. As the Sun Bird,

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Buketan Bali

The Balinese bouquet (Buketan Bali) is a floral arrangement and the name is

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Kawung

The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1593 – 1645) as a symbolic gift for

Sekar Jati

Sekar means flower and Jati refers to teak trees that symbolizes a strong mental character that

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Tikar Natuna

The Tikar Natuna motif is adapted from the traditional making of pandanus mats in

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Gentala Arasy

Built as high as 80 meters, the tower also highlights the historical side of

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Daun Sirih

This motif illustrates betel leaves that are used by Lombok communities as traditional

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Manguni Minahasa

Manguni is identified as the symbol of the Minahasa people. Manguni is known as a

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Hiu Taliyasan

Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Hiu Taliyasan refers to

Lok Baintan Floating Market

As you can imagine, the most authentic thing is that you can buy things and even

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Mahkota Siger

Siger is the crown of a noblewoman in ancient time. It is a symbol of femininity, strength, and

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Enggang Dayak

Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Taiganja

Taiganja is a precious gold pendant that shows the social status of the Kaili family. It is

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Wirasat

Wirasat or divine inspiration is a gift from God. This inspiration is symbolized by

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes