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Balai Basarah Induk Intan, the Hindu  Kaharingan worship place in Muara Teweh, Central Kalimantan (foto: Ezagren)

Muara Teweh City

Also known as the “water town”, Muara Teweh is the capital of Barito Utara Regency.  It is a unique town where houses float on water.  The people here choose to live like this, because the area is just too frequently flooded from the river since ages gone by.  Call it the “If you can’t beat them, join them” principle in action.

Cultural Tourism Destination

Muara Teweh City

Tourist Attractions in Central Kalimantan

Palangkaraya City

Palangkaraya City

Palangkaraya city is another unique destination you cannot miss in West Kalimantan. This modern and vibrant city also 

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Balanga Museum

Balanga Museum

Originally thought of as a regional museum, Balanga Museum collects a lot of objects which are

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Central Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Gumin Tambun

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Enggang Dayak

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

 

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Batik

Motifs

Pintu Aceh

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

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Desa Na Tolu

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

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Tanah Liek

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

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Abimanyu Prince

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

Gamolan

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Ake Patra

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kawung

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Bale Lumbu

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

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Dayak Kamang

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Kuda Kupang

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

As you can imagine, the most authentic thing is that you can buy things and even

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Bintik Tujuh

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Karawo Pinang

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Sero Tangga

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Sandeq

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Sekomandi

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Pucuk Mekar

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Tongkonan

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Ukir Sentani

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

Parang Seling

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Jumputan Bintang

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Peresean

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

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Wirasat

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

Raja Ampat

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Parang Rusak

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Tangerang Herang

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Daun Sirih

This motif illustrates betel leaves that are used by Lombok communities as traditional

Mahkota Siger

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Prada Papua

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Singayaksa

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Honai

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Samudra

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Tenun Bima

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Rasamala

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung