Central Kalimantan Province – Indonesia
The motif represents the Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes a vertical relationship between humans and God they believe in. This motif also illustrates the horizontal relationship between humans and other creatures on earth.
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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!
Batik Production Process in Central Kalimantan
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 Central Kalimantan Province
Central Kalimantan is known for its peaceful and harmonious society. Due to their collective efforts to maintain harmonious social ties between communities, this region is designated as the Land of Pancasila. Pancasila is the Indonesian philosophical state foundation that upholds five principles namely the belief in one Almighty God, social justice, humanity, democracy and unity in diversity.
Batik Villages in Central Kalimantan 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 Central Kalimantan
Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and
Local people beliefs that hornbills are an incarnation of the Commander of the Birds. It has supernatural
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