Gorontalo Province – Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. This Karawo embroidery motif represents noble characters of leaders and good wishes for the wearer to be a useful person in society. It also indicates that a man or a husband must have a high position as a leader and be gentle to the weak.
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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 Karawo Production Process in Gorontalo
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 Gorontalo Province
Gorontalo City is one of the old cities in Sulawesi besides Makassar City, Pare-pare and Manado. This city was the center of education and trade thanks to its strategic location that is near Tomini Bay and the Sulawesi Sea in the ancient time. Gorontalo Province is rich in cultural treasures, as its 30 cultural traditions have been denominated as Indonesia’s national intangible cultural heritage. Some of the traditional arts are Dana-Dana dance, Dulohupa traditional house, and Gorontalo traditional clothing.
Batik Villages in Gorontalo 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.