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Facts of the region
Discover Batik in Banten
The Indigo Blue Batik of Banten (photo: @Pesona Indonesia)
The Batik production in Banten (photo: Pesona Indonesia)
The Crown of Banten Sultanate as one of the inspirations of Banten Batik motif (photo: Indonesian National Museum )
The Reborn of Royal Legacy
Batik tradition in Banten has existed since the 17th-century during the reign of the Banten Sultanate. The decline of the Banten kingdom leads the batik tradition to fade and lost for more than 200 years. In 2002, archaeologists invented 75 batik motifs based on Banten’s historical relics and cultural heritage. Among them, 12 motifs have been patented.
Socio-cultural aspects of Batik in Banten
According to Ir. Uke Kurniawan, a local figure behind the revival of Batik in Banten, the philosophy of Banten batik motifs are interrelated with the history of Banten Sultanate. Most of the motifs are derived from the name of ancient villages, the titles of aristocracy and nobility in the sultanate, and the name of the halls within the royal palace of the Banten Sultanate.
Banten Batik tends to use a combination of soft pastel colours. They represent the character of the Banten people: soft and gentle, yet strong-willed and unwavering in principle. Only the batik motifs of Baduy ethnicity use the combination of sombre blue and black.
Batik Motifs in Banten
Batik Villages in Banten
local batik workshop
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
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Batik production in Banten
The Thrill of Nature Paradise
The Karang Taraje Beach (photo: Indonesia.travel)
About Banten Province
Banten Province has territorial borders DKI Jakarta and West Java provinces to the east, the Indian Ocean in the south, and Sunda Strait in the west. Banten is famous for the Ujung Kulon natural conservation center, which is designated as UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1992. Banten is one of the important transit port, it is connected to other maritime routes that lead to Southeast Asian regions, Australia and New Zealand.
Facts about Banten
Banten Province’s territory borders DKI Jakarta and West Java provinces to the east, the Indian Ocean in the south, and the Sunda Strait in the west. Banten territory spans over 8,651.20 Km² and it has a total population of 12.7 million people (2018 census). Most of the province’s citizens (96.6%) are Muslims. One of the most iconic landscapes of the province is Mount Luhur, which is located in the Lebak Regency. (Photo: Mount Luhur, Cylvantan)
Highlights on Culture and History
In the 5th century, Banten was part of the Hindu Kingdom of Tarumanagara. One of the Kingdom’s relics is the Cidanghiyang or Lebak inscription, which was found in Lebak Village, Pandeglang city, Banten. This region was later ruled by several kingdoms, such as the Kingdom of Pakuan, the Kingdom of Pajajaran, and the Sultanate of Banten. One of the cultural legacies of ancient kingdoms is the Rampak Bedug traditional dance, performed in the formal ceremonies and celebrations. (Photo: Pesona Indonesia)
Cultural Landscape of the Baduy Ethnicity
One of the native Sundanese tribe who lives in Banten is the Baduy ethnicity. This tribe maintains anti-modernization traditions, both in the way they dress and in other ways of life. They live in the Kendeng Mountains Cultural Reserve, an indigenous protected area under Indonesian government law which spans over 5,101 hectares in the Kanekes area, Leuwidamar District, Lebak Regency. (Photo: genpi)
Map of Banten Province
Map of Banten (photo: Big.go.id)
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Map of Indonesia (photo: Resourceful Indonesia)