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Betang Traditional House

Betang Traditional House of Dayak Community in Pontianak City (photo: Ricky Rahmanto)

Betang Traditional House

The Betang house is the traditional Dayak Great House, and it contains a lot of its spiritual and pragmatical expressions. Each directionality, material, decoration, and measurement conforms to a specific native religious principle. Betang House is the heart of the social and cultural life of the Dayak. In this huge building, whole clans live together harmoniously. All agreements are made for the common welfare and the welfare of each individual, and “togetherness” is considered to be the most important value.

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Betang Traditional House

Tourist Attractions in West Kalimantan

Pontianak City

Pontianak City

The capital city of West Kalimantan that also known as the “Equator Zero”. Apart from this unique

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West Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Awan Berarak

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Tidayu

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

Insang Ikan

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

 

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Batik

Motifs

Ake Patra

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

Singayaksa

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

Awan Berarak

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

Asmat Papua

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

Rangkiang

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

Honai

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Taiganja

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Durian Pecah

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Bale Lumbu

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

Biji Kopi

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

Tongkonan

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Lontara

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Buketan Bali

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Kain Cual

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Pintu Aceh

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Raja Ampat

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Wakatobi

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Srimanganti

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

Ikan tambal

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

Bultiya

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Kalo Sara

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

Tenun Bima

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

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

Peresean

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

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Parang Rusak

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

La Galigo

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

Alam Pantai

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

Kawung

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

Daun Simpor

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Tabir Tanjung

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

Tidayu

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

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

Wirasat

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Manguni Minahasa

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

Sero Tangga

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Prada Papua

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

Kaharingan

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

Merak Lasem

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Rasamala

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Sekar Jati

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Daun Sirih

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Pisang Bali

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Desa Na Ualu

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

Tanah Liek

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Parang Seling

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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