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Museum of Mulawarman, Tenggarong City (photo: Diksi)

Museum of Mulawarman 

Do you want to explore Dayak culture across centuries? The Mulawarman Museum in Tenggarong city is the right museum to visit. This museum has one of the most complete collections in Indonesia. There is also a duplicate of the Lembuswana mythological statue, which is a symbol of the kingdom of Kutai Kartanegara. This museum was built by adopting the traditional architecture of the Dayak tribe in Kutai. Prepare to be amazed!

Cultural Tourism Destination

Museum of Mulawarman 

Tourist Attractions in East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kuntul Perak

Kuntul Perak refers to Egret Silver Bird. This bird is a Kalimantan endemic animal that becomes the

 

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Motifs

Karawo Pinang

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Wirasat

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Parang Seling

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Manguni Minahasa

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Tidayu

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Ikan tambal

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Ake Patra

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Gurdo Solo

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Kaharingan

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

La Galigo

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Awan Berarak

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Kuda Kupang

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Bultiya

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Prada Papua

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

Pattimura

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Daun Sirih

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Singayaksa

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

Rasamala

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

Biji Kopi

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Pisang Bali

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

Tenun Bima

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Kawung

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

Cengkeh

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

Sekomandi

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

Sekar Jati

Sekar means flower and Jati refers to teak trees that symbolizes a strong mental character that

Taiganja

Taiganja is a precious gold pendant that shows the social status of the Kaili family. It is

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Gamolan

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

Kalo Sara

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Enggang Dayak

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Asmat Papua

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Kain Cual

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Pintu Aceh

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Angsa Duo

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Parang Rusak

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

Daun Simpor

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Jumputan Bintang

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

Srimanganti

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Durian Pecah

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Merak Lasem

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

Insang Ikan

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

Rangkiang

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Honai

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Anggrek Tewu

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Tangerang Herang

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Tanah Liek

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