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The Danar Hadi Batik Museum

Batik of Royal Palace at Danar Hadi Museum (photo: IndonesiaBatik)

The Danar Hadi Museum in Solo (photo: Instabook)

The Danar Hadi Batik Museum

Do you want to travel the time through batik? One of the must-visit destinations in Central Java for the purpose is the Danar Hadi Batik Museum.  It stores a collection of more than 1,200 batik textiles, ranging from ancient ones preserved from the days of the Mataram Empire in the 18th Century to the latest ones.  Here you could learn and discover the meanings of the motifs, the cultural influences reflected in the motifs, as well as the historic usage of each textile.  The museum also provides a guided tour in English, with an expert giving in-depth explanation of each piece.  The museum is integrated with the batik gallery and workshop, where you could observe the production and buy premium quality batik textiles at affordable prices. 

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The Danar Hadi Batik Museum 

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Batik Motifs

Sido Mulyo

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

Merak Lasem

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Parang Seling

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

 

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Motifs

Ukir Sentani

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Parang Rusak

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

Wakatobi

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Samudra

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Raja Ampat

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Sero Tangga

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

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Kuda Sepasang

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

Kaharingan

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Sandeq

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Enggang Dayak

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

Cengkeh

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Bintik Tujuh

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Awan Berarak

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

Durian Pecah

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Dayak Taghol

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Gonggong Siput

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

Taiganja

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Jumputan Bintang

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Asmat Papua

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Pattimura

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

Biji Kopi

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

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

Prada Papua

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

Peresean

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Srimanganti

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Rasamala

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

Lontara

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Wirasat

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Anggrek Tewu

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Parang Seling

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

Kain Cual

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

Tidayu

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Buketan Bali

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

Tongkonan

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Ikan tambal

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

Singayaksa

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Sekar Jati

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

Kalo Sara

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

Honai

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Ake Patra

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

Rangkiang

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

Sekomandi

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Insang Ikan

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

Gamolan

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Angsa Duo

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

La Galigo

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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