Desa Na Tolu
North Sumatra Province – Indonesia
The Desa Na Tolu pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and harmony in Batak society. It is a code symbolizing the rules of mutual respect, as well as a code of ethics of relations with family members, specifically the clan of one’s spouse and in-laws.
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How to preserve Batik
Philosophical Meanings of Batik
Learn and identify the meaning of the motifs from each region. Are you searching for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? Surprise them with a merry little Batik!
Buy the authentic handwritten Batik textiles to add to your prestigious collection. Such support will enhance the well-being of Batik artisans and preserve the living heritage.
If you want to meet the Batik artisans, we encourage you to visit and support Batik workshops in Indonesia. You may discover the local tourism that suits your preference!
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009
Batik Production Process in North Sumatra
Batik production can take 1 month up to 2 years of working time depending on the purposes of the textile creation and the colour complexity. The Batik handwriting textile is generally made with 8 design steps, ranging from wax patterning to colouring process. The artists use Canting, as a tool to put hot melted wax on the cloth.
Overview of North Sumatra Province
North Sumatra is known for its natural landscape, UNESCO natural biosphere of Lake Toba, and living heritage. The acculturation of Hindu, Islam and western culture is reflected in the local living tradition, architecture and traditional dances.
Batik Villages in North Sumatra Province
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside and open their Batik workshops, as well as display their Batik products. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
Other Motifs in North Sumatra
Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in
The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and
The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal