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Siwalima Museum 

Siwalima Textile Museum  (Photo:Indonesia Kaya)

Siwalima Museum

The word “Siwalima” is composed of two words which have been taken from the history of the kingdoms which once developed in Maluku. “Siwa” makes reference to nine kingdoms formed in south Maluku and “lima” refers to the five ones in the northern part of the province. In Siwalima museum there are two buildings that showcase Maluku’s culture.

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Siwalima Museum

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Maluku

Batik Motifs

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pala Salawaku

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

Pattimura

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

 

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Batik

Motifs

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Honai

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

Daun Simpor

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

Sekomandi

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Merak Lasem

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

Angsa Duo

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

Singayaksa

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Kaharingan

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Bintik Tujuh

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

Parang Seling

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

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Tidayu

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Prada Papua

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

Kawung

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

La Galigo

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Leuit Sijimat

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

Tongkonan

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Sero Tangga

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Rasamala

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

Taiganja

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Merak Ngeram

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Sekar Jati

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Sandeq

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

Cengkeh

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

Rangkiang

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

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Bale Lumbu

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Bomba Mawar

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Tenun Bima

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Biji Kopi

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

Asmat Papua

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Parang Rusak

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Pattimura

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

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Kalo Sara

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Gonggong Siput

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Tangerang Herang

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Srimanganti

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

Buketan Bali

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Raja Ampat

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Ake Patra

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

Pisang Bali

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

Daun Sirih

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Bekantan Pakis

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in