Karawo Pinang

Gorontalo Province – Sulawesi Island, Indonesia

Meanings:

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original pattern of Karawo embroidery textiles. This motif exemplifies noble characters that one needs to develop such as unwavering integrity, honest, protective, and perfectionist. Gorontalo Karawo textile is presented in 4 colors with different meanings: yellow symbolizes prosperity, green means fertility, red means courage, and purple is considered a symbol of solemnity.

Note:  All contents and batik images are protected by Indonesian cultural property law. This documentation is intended for educational purposes and to facilitate the preservation of Batik UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage 2009. Any use of published materials is allowed only with reference to this website as the original source of publication. 

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. 

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Philosophical Meanings of Batik

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Authentic 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.

Batik Community

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!

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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.

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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.

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