North Sulawesi Province – Indonesia
The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in North Sulawesi, called the Watu Pinawetengan, which has existed since 1000 BC. This cultural site was discovered by J.G.F. Riedel in 1881. This site is a place where the ancestors of the Minahasa people divided their territory into nine Minahasa sub-ethnic groups today. The main motif of typical Batik cloth in this region is the sunflower, which is an icon of Watu Pinawetengan historical site.
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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 North Sulawesi
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 North Sulawesi Province
North Sulawesi Province is one of the 10 Indonesian’s priority tourist destinations. Many international-scale events such as WOC (World Ocean Conference), Sail Bunaken, Tomohon Flowers Festival are held in this region. The local government organizes interesting annual cultural festivals highlighting traditional ceremonies and cultural heritage such as Figura Festival and Tapikong.