West Sulawesi Province – Indonesia
Sekomandi textile is the typical Batik and woven textile heritage of Mandar ethnic, West Sulawesi. This motif is called Teroraq Ri Marilotong with typical black and white geometrical pattern. Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”. The black colour uses natural dye that is made of typical grass in the region.
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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
Woven Batik Production Process in West 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 West Sulawesi Province
West Sulawesi is known as the land of Mandar tribe. West Sulawesi is one of the first regions in Indonesia that recognized the democracy system since the era of Todilalang King in the 16th Century. West Sulawesi is known for its intangible cultural heritage in forms of Sandeq boat building, Mamuju traditional architecture, woven textile tradition, and many other cultural festivals.
Batik Villages in West Sulawesi Province
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside and open their Batik workshops, as well as display their Batik products. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
Other Motifs in West Sulawesi
Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is
Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of
the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house