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Honai Traditional Houses in Baliem Valley, Papua (photo: @Philomène Martinelli/Wikipedia)

Baliem Valley, Papua (photo: @Detik.net)

Local Communities in Baliem Valley, Papua (photo: @Pesona Indonesia)

Baliem Valley

Apart from the breathtaking view you can enjoy here, Baliem Valley is the house of many tribes such as Lani, Yali and Dani. These tribes usually hold a dance performance called “the war dance” which is not a real war. Behind this performance there is an ancient philosophy stating that “your tomorrow must be better than your present”.

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Baliem Valley

Tourist Attractions in Papua

Papua

Batik Motifs

Ukir Sentani

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Asmat Papua

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

 

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Srimanganti

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

Lontara

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

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Pala Salawaku

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Sekomandi

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

Pattimura

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Samudra

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Ake Patra

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Biji Kopi

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

Sandeq

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Tangerang Herang

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

Kawung

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

Pisang Bali

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Ukir Sentani

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Honai

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

Peresean

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Tidayu

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Sekar Jati

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Tanah Liek

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Dayak Kamang

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Ikan tambal

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Kalo Sara

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Leuit Sijimat

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

Tenun Bima

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Kaharingan

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Parang Seling

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

Rangkiang

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

Taiganja

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Cengkeh

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Insang Ikan

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Bultiya

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Gurdo Solo

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

Prada Papua

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

Buketan Bali

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

La Galigo

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

Daun Sirih

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

Daun Simpor

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Sero Tangga

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Gonggong Siput

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

Wirasat

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

Kain Cual

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

Tongkonan

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