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Malinau Cultural Festival

Dayak Lundayeh Traditional Dance (photo: Indonesia.go.id)

The Kayan Traditional Dance (photo: Budaya Malinau)

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness unique competitions that would not be found in other than in Malinau District, for example, the hunting sword competition and the Dayak dance competition. You will also see the variety of textile heritage worn by different communities. This cultural festival is held once every two years for 13 days in October, prepare you holiday schedule to participate in this fantastic event!

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Malinau Cultural Festival

Tourist Attractions in North Kalimantan

North Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Bekantan Pakis

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

 

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Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kalo Sara

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Buketan Bali

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

Honai

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

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

Rasamala

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Asmat Papua

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Tongkonan

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Karawo Pinang

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

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Tubo Kelapa

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Tanah Liek

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

Gamolan

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Parang Rusak

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Dayak Kamang

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

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Gentala Arasy

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

Insang Ikan

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

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Sekomandi

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

Sero Tangga

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

Tenun Bima

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Bomba Mawar

This motif means sacred love for family, kingdom, and God; It also illustrates

Kuda Kupang

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

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Leuit Sijimat

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

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Abimanyu Prince

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

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

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty 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

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Manguni Minahasa

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Mahkota Siger

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Gumin Tambun

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

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Kawung

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

Sandeq

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Singayaksa

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Ake Patra

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Peresean

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

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Prada Papua

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

Wirasat

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

Awan Berarak

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Pintu Aceh

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Merak Ngeram

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Raja Ampat

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