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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

Parang Seling

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

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,

Sido Mulyo

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

 

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Bultiya

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

Tidayu

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Bomba Mawar

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

Srimanganti

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

Kain Cual

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Cengkeh

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Pisang Bali

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

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Peresean

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Kaharingan

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Tongkonan

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

Gamolan

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

Sekomandi

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

Daun Sirih

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

Ikan tambal

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

Tanah Liek

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Ake Patra

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

Kalo Sara

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Raja Ampat

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

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Bale Lumbu

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Parang Seling

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

Daun Simpor

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

Awan Berarak

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

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Angsa Duo

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Singayaksa

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Sandeq

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Sero Tangga

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Sekar Jati

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Rangkiang

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

Insang Ikan

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Rumah Mamuju

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Dayak Taghol

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

Kawung

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

Merak Lasem

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Asmat Papua

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

Biji Kopi

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

Parang Rusak

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Prada Papua

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Pintu Aceh

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Ukir Sentani

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

Honai

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Wakatobi

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Samudra

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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