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Minahasa Traditional Costume (Photo: @Indonesia Kaya)

Pinawetengan Museum

Pinawetengan Museum displays various collections, ranging from pre-historic relics, ancient Minahasa tribal objects, to Dutch colonial relics. Located 4 kilometers from the museum, the prehistoric site of Watu Pinawetengan has existed since 1000 BC. It is considered a sacred site and the birthplace of Minahasa ethnic.

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Batik Motifs

Manguni Minahasa

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Tari Kabasaran

the Kabasaran dance is a sacred dance performed in the

 

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Batik

Motifs

Honai

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Cengkeh

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Tanah Liek

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Sandeq

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Karawo Pinang

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Merak Ngeram

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

Daun Sirih

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Angsa Duo

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

Daun Simpor

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Taiganja

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Parang Seling

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Kawung

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

Raja Ampat

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

Awan Berarak

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Pisang Bali

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Prada Papua

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

Sero Tangga

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Kaharingan

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

Rangkiang

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

Biji Kopi

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Merak Lasem

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

Buketan Bali

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

Pattimura

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Tongkonan

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Wirasat

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Leuit Sijimat

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Rasamala

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

Sekomandi

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

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

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

Singayaksa

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

La Galigo

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Ake Patra

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Tidayu

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Gentala Arasy

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

Srimanganti

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

Insang Ikan

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Tenun Bima

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Ikan tambal

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

Alam Pantai

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Sekar Jati

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Wakatobi

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Gurdo Solo

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Gamolan

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

Asmat Papua

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Lipaq Sabe

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