North Kalimantan Province – Indonesia
This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic fern in North Kalimantan, and the Bekantan, the rare big-nosed Kalimantan monkey. The fern represents eternity and longevity. The Bekantan is figured for the sake of its preservation.
Note: All contents and batik images are protected by Indonesian cultural property law. This documentation is intended for educational purposes and to facilitate the preservation of Batik UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage 2009. Any use of published materials is allowed only with reference to this website as the original source of publication.
How to preserve Batik
Philosophical Meanings of Batik
Learn and identify the meaning of the motifs from each region. Are you searching for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? Surprise them with a merry little Batik!
Buy the authentic handwritten Batik textiles to add to your prestigious collection. Such support will enhance the well-being of Batik artisans and preserve the living heritage.
If you want to meet the Batik artisans, we encourage you to visit and support Batik workshops in Indonesia. You may discover the local tourism that suits your preference!
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009
Batik Production Process in North Kalimantan
Batik production can take 1 month up to 2 years of working time depending on the purposes of the textile creation and the colour complexity. The Batik handwriting textile is generally made with 8 design steps, ranging from wax patterning to colouring process. The artists use Canting, as a tool to put hot melted wax on the cloth.
Overview of North Kalimantan Province
Bordering the State of Sabah (Malaysia) in the north and in the west, this province has a unique cultural mixture of the migrant Malay ethnicity and indigenous Dayak ethnicity. North Kalimantan, which was established in 2012, is one of the youngest provinces in Indonesia. It has large areas of peat forest and rich tropical biodiversity. Nature conservation has been maintained by the local wisdom of Dayak indigenous communities for centuries.
Batik Villages in North Kalimantan Province
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside and open their Batik workshops, as well as display their Batik products. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
Other Motifs in North Kalimantan