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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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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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Bintik Tujuh

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

Gonggong Siput

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

La Galigo

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

Lontara

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Tongkonan

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Samudra

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

Kaharingan

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

Prada Papua

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

Pala Salawaku

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Ikan tambal

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

Bekantan Pakis

This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic plant in

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Buketan Bali

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Gamolan

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

Sekar Jati

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Insang Ikan

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

Taiganja

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Tidayu

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

Bultiya

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

Kawung

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

Sero Tangga

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

Pisang Bali

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

Sekomandi

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

Rangkiang

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Mahkota Siger

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Sandeq

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Asmat Papua

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

With its many advantages, the Dayaks use this leaf in ritual ceremonies. This plant is a symbol of

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kuda Kupang

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

Pattimura

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Kalo Sara

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

Peresean

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Srimanganti

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

Angsa Duo

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

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Kain Cual

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Durian Pecah

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Rumah Mamuju

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Gurdo Solo

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

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Bomba Mawar

This motif means sacred love for family, kingdom, and God; It also illustrates