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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

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

Merak Lasem

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

 

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Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Rangkiang

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Tidayu

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

Sandeq

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Merak Lasem

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Lipaq Sabe

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Lontara

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Insang Ikan

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

Sero Tangga

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Cengkeh

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

Peresean

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

Raja Ampat

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Gamolan

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Daun Sirih

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Sekomandi

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Ikan tambal

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

Prada Papua

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Buketan Bali

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

Kawung

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

Kalo Sara

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Teguh Bersatu

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Gumin Tambun

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Durian Pecah

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Parang Rusak

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kaharingan

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

Sekar Jati

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Paqbarre Allo

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

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

Pisang Bali

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Srimanganti

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

Singayaksa

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Samudra

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Biji Kopi

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

Awan Berarak

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Bekantan Pakis

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Wirasat

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

Pattimura

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

Bultiya

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

La Galigo

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

Angsa Duo

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Daun Simpor

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

Tenun Bima

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

Honai

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

Enggang Dayak

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

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Tubo Kelapa

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