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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

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

 

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Motifs

Sido Mulyo

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Kalo Sara

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

Pattimura

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Sekomandi

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Lontara

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Pucuk Mekar

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Prada Papua

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Kaharingan

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Singayaksa

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

Pisang Bali

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Manguni Minahasa

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Daun Simpor

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Wirasat

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

Insang Ikan

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Angsa Duo

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Bultiya

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Merak Lasem

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Taiganja

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

Daun Sirih

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Alam Pantai

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Buketan Bali

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

Kawung

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

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

Awan Berarak

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Rasamala

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Tidayu

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Rangkiang

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

Biji Kopi

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Wakatobi

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

Sekar Jati

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Sero Tangga

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Gamolan

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Durian Pecah

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

Parang Seling

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Raja Ampat

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

Peresean

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Parang Rusak

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Bekantan Pakis

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Jumputan Bintang

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

Sandeq

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Tongkonan

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

Honai

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

Asmat Papua

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

Desa Na Tolu

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