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Facts of the region
Discover Batik in Riau Islands
The Batik textile inspired by the carpet making in Natuna, Riau Islands (photo: @Infobatik Ramli Designer)
The variety of Batik in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands (photo: @Ambar Nadia )
The Kemuning flower as Batik motif inspirations in Riau Island (photo: Kemuning)
The Enchanting Colours of the Sea Garden
The history of Riau Islands’ batik is known and developed along with other batik areas around the end of the 19th century. Batik textile art was developed through cultural exchanges with Javanese artisans. Today, Batik production centers in Riau Islands are developing. Thanks to the support of the local government and strong cultural communities in Riau Islands.
Textile Tradition in Riau Islands
This province has its distinctive textile tradition, called Telepuk. Telepuk is a special technique of decorating a textile with gold or bronze dyes. This tradition has developed since the Lingga Sultanate in the 19th Century. The Telepuk tradition remains preserved in the Batik production of Riau Islands.
Batik Motifs in Riau Islands
Batik Villages in Riau Islands
local batik workshop
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
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Batik Production in Riau Islands
Batik Fashion Show in Riau Islands
The Spirit of Diversity
About Riau Islands
Tanjungpinang is the capital city of the province, which can be reached from Singapore in approximately 1-2 hours by boat. The history of Riau Islands evolved from Hindu-Buddhist to Islamic times. Pasir Panjang Inscription in Karimun island shows the presence of Buddhist shrine during the 9-10th century AD. Every year the region celebrates the Maritime Festival and Dragon Boat Contest that attract international participants.
Facts about Riau Islands
Riau Islands Province is one of the Indonesian archipelago provinces, located close to Sumatra Island. Riau Islands Province consists of around 2,408 large and small islands, with the main islands such as Bintan Island, Batam Island, Kundur Island, Karimun Island, and Bunguran Island.
The geographical position of Riau Islands Province stretches from Malacca Strait to South China Sea (Natuna) and is directly bordered by Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Singapore. Riau Islands Province spans in a total area of 251,810 km2, where 96% of them comprises water and 4% comprises land. (photo: Bintan Trikora beach, Indonesia).
Highlights on Culture
The history of Riau Islands evolved from Hindu-Buddhist to Islamic times. Pasir Panjang historical inscription in Karimun island shows the presence of Buddhist shrine during the 9-10th century AD. In the 19th century, the region was under the rule of the Islamic Malay Kingdom, called Riau-Lingga Sultanate.
Every year the region celebrates the Riau Islands Maritime Festival, which features a variety of unique Riau Islands cultures, from Dangkong Dance, Dragon Boat Contest, to Carang River Festival. (Photo: Tari Salam)
Map of Riau Islands
Map of Riau Islands (photo: Big.go.id)
Map of Indonesia
Map of Indonesia (photo: Resourceful Indonesia)