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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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Batik Motifs

Sekar Jati

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

Samudra

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

 

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Tangerang Herang

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Parang Rusak

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Raja Ampat

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

Ake Patra

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Asmat Papua

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Kaharingan

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Wakatobi

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Ukir Sentani

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Angsa Duo

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

Alam Pantai

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Awan Berarak

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Sero Tangga

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Sandeq

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

Lontara

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

Wirasat

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Paqbarre Allo

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

Insang Ikan

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

Honai

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Sekar Jati

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Daun Sirih

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

Kalo Sara

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Durian Pecah

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Srimanganti

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Merak Lasem

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

La Galigo

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Prada Papua

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Rangkiang

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

Tanah Liek

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

Samudra

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

Sekomandi

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Tenun Bima

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

Gamolan

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Kain Cual

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Daun Simpor

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

Cengkeh

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Karawo Pinang

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Kuda Kupang

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

Singayaksa

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

Peresean

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Pala Salawaku

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