East Nusa Tenggara Province – Indonesia
Horses symbolize wealth and are considered as very helpful animals for communities’ daily activities such as a means of land transport, traditional ceremonial activities, etc. Horses also symbolize pride, strength, and courage. This motif implies the personal charm of the wearer, as well as other meanings such as friendship, harmony, passion, and perseverance in pursuing one’s goals. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring benefits to the wearer’s social prosperity and happiness.
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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 East Nusa Tenggara
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 East Nusa Tenggara Province
East Nusa Tenggara is known for its unique mixture of malay-austronesian culture and natural biodiversity. This region is the home of world’s protected Komodo Dragon. The Komodo National Park was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991. East Nusa Tenggara is also famous for its cultural horse race, woven textile heritage, and traditional architecture, called Saoata Musalakitana stilt house.
Batik Production Villages in East Nusa Tenggara Province
Batik villages are the region where the traditional textile producers mostly reside and open their workshops, as well as display their textile products. You could buy the textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process on the site.
Batik Motifs in East Nusa Tenggara
This motive reflects the joy and gratitude to God over the grace of
This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of
For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of