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Soeman HS Library

The Soeman HS Library (photo: Unilak)

Soeman HS Library

Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau Province and is also famous for educational tourism. Tourists can visit and experience Indonesian Malay culture in the magnificent library of Soeman H.S. This library won the best architectural award among Southeast Asian Countries, for bringing together local architecture and local wisdom elements of Malay culture with modernity. Through the building’s glass walls, the library visitors can also enjoy the beauty of Pekanbaru landscape from a height.

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Batik Motifs

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Tabir Tanjung

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

 

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Batik

Motifs

Samudra

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

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Kuda Kupang

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

Lontara

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

Tidayu

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

Cengkeh

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Tanah Liek

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

Honai

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Sekomandi

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

Kalo Sara

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Angsa Duo

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Parang Seling

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Parang Rusak

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

Sero Tangga

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Singayaksa

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

Asmat Papua

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Merak Lasem

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

Sekar Jati

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Pucuk Mekar

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Ake Patra

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Sido Mulyo

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

Rasamala

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Kaharingan

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Daun Simpor

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kawung

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Burung Bidadari

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

Wirasat

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Bintik Tujuh

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Desa Na Ualu

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Tabir Tanjung

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Insang Ikan

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Awan Berarak

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Raja Ampat

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Rangkiang

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Gamolan

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Wakatobi

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

Sandeq

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

Peresean

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Buketan Bali

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Alam Pantai

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Taiganja

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

La Galigo

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Bomba Mawar

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Pisang Bali

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Srimanganti

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