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Surabaya City of Heroes

Surabaya Metropolitan Landscape (photo: Ivan Consigliere, Wikipedia)

The Monument of Heroes (photo: Traveloka)

Surabaya City of Heroes

Surabaya is the capital of East Java province. It is a vibrant and active metropolis with a lot of history and traditions. Modern skyscrapers mingle with historic buildings from the time of Dutch colonization. This city is known as the “City of Heroes” in commemoration of the great struggle mounted by soldiers and civil fighters in the Great Battle against Dutch Colonialists on 10 November 1945. The city also has unique religious architectural heritages scattered in the city. In addition to the magnificent Buddhist and Hindu temples in the city center, you will find historical mosques that assimilate Chinese and Arabic architecture, such as the Cheng Ho Mosque and Ampel Denta Mosque.

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Surabaya City of Heroes

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East Java

Batik Motifs

Samudra

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Sekar Jati

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

 

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Motifs

Lontara

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

Cengkeh

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Srimanganti

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Kalo Sara

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Sekomandi

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

Daun Sirih

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Insang Ikan

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

La Galigo

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

Sandeq

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

Asmat Papua

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Peresean

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Alam Pantai

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

Kaharingan

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Desa Na Ualu

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Rasamala

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Prada Papua

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

Tenun Bima

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Ake Patra

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tongkonan

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Wirasat

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Durian Pecah

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Rangkiang

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

Taiganja

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Buketan Bali

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Parang Seling

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

Pattimura

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Kain Cual

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Raja Ampat

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Tanah Liek

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Biji Kopi

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

Angsa Duo

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Leuit Sijimat

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Bultiya

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Singayaksa

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

Kawung

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