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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

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

 

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Motifs

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Honai

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

Angsa Duo

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

Wakatobi

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Parang Rusak

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

Raja Ampat

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

Parang Seling

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Sekomandi

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

Sero Tangga

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Singayaksa

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Samudra

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Tenun Bima

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

Daun Simpor

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Wirasat

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

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

Durian Pecah

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Sandeq

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Alam Pantai

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Insang Ikan

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Awan Berarak

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Teguh Bersatu

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Rangkiang

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Enggang Dayak

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

Kalo Sara

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Mahkota Siger

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Merak Lasem

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

Pisang Bali

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

Biji Kopi

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

Sekar Jati

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

Cengkeh

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Daun Sirih

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Pala Salawaku

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Kaharingan

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

Bultiya

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Tabir Tanjung

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Asmat Papua

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Kawung

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

La Galigo

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Gonggong Siput

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

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,

Rasamala

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Peresean

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

Tanah Liek

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Pattimura

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Pintu Aceh

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