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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

Parang Seling

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Merak Lasem

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

 

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Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Sandeq

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

La Galigo

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Bomba Mawar

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Abimanyu Prince

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

Pattimura

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

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

Rangkiang

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

Lontara

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Raja Ampat

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Tongkonan

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Tanah Liek

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Bultiya

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

Ake Patra

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Ukir Sentani

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Buketan Bali

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

Asmat Papua

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Rasamala

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Insang Ikan

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

Sekar Jati

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Awan Berarak

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Singayaksa

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Alam Pantai

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Parang Seling

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Durian Pecah

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Sero Tangga

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Parang Rusak

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Kalo Sara

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

Biji Kopi

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Peresean

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Leuit Sijimat

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Angsa Duo

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Samudra

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Wakatobi

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

Kain Cual

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Merak Lasem

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Pisang Bali

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Kuda Kupang

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

Daun Sirih

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

Kawung

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Pucuk Mekar

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