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Floating Batak House at Toba Lake

The floating Batak House (photo: Ministry of Tourism)

Floating Batak House at Toba Lake

When visiting Prapatan Beach, don’t miss the boat tours that adopt the concept of floating Batak house. With this boat, tourists can enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba and Samosir Island while learning the local customs. The floating vaganza is also equipped with fast-connected wifi and other VIP meeting facilities. Want to have a leisure meeting in a cultural scenic view? Bon Voyage!

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Batik Motifs

Desa Na Ualu

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

 

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Motifs

Leuit Sijimat

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

Prada Papua

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

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

Raja Ampat

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Sekomandi

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Tidayu

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Teguh Bersatu

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

Sekar Jati

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Rasamala

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

Awan Berarak

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Kawung

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

Honai

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

Tenun Bima

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Sandeq

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

Daun Simpor

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

Kalo Sara

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Gonggong Siput

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Ake Patra

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

Srimanganti

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Tanah Liek

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Wirasat

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

Tongkonan

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

Peresean

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Kaharingan

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

Asmat Papua

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Parang Rusak

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Sero Tangga

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Angsa Duo

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Taiganja

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

Pisang Bali

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

Lontara

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

Daun Sirih

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Gamolan

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Kain Cual

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

Ikan tambal

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Insang Ikan

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

Pattimura

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Wakatobi

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Dayak Kamang

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Biji Kopi

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

Buketan Bali

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Pintu Aceh

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

La Galigo

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

Cengkeh

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

Singayaksa

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

Rangkiang

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