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Tajahan Tjilik Riwut

Dayak Ngaju Ritual Ceremony in Tajahan (photo: Debu Yandie)

The sacred place in Tajahan (photo: Indonesian Tourism)

Tajahan Tjilik Riwut

The Dayak Tribe considers it to be a very sacred spot. According to their belief, whenever one has a desire that they must achieve no matter what, they would place yellow cloths and offerings in Tajahan. This place is also used by local Dayak people to talk with the spirit of their dead friends or family members. Rituals are conducted in Tajahan to honour the spirit of the ancestors, as well as to eradicate evil spirits and sweep out bad luck from the community.

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Tajahan Tjilik Riwut

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Central Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Kaharingan

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

 

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Batik

Motifs

Ake Patra

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Teguh Bersatu

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

Wakatobi

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

Buketan Bali

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Raja Ampat

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

Pisang Bali

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Peresean

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

Singayaksa

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Bale Lumbu

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

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Parang Seling

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Alam Pantai

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

Asmat Papua

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Bintik Tujuh

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Merak Lasem

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

Biji Kopi

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Cengkeh

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

Tongkonan

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Srimanganti

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Rangkiang

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

Daun Sirih

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Sero Tangga

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

Sekomandi

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Kalo Sara

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

Kawung

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Parang Rusak

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

Tenun Bima

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Insang Ikan

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

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

Samudra

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Pattimura

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

Taiganja

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Desa Na Ualu

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

Lontara

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

Honai

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Durian Pecah

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Ukir Sentani

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Awan Berarak

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

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,

Tangerang Herang

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Angsa Duo

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Kaharingan

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

Rasamala

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

Bultiya

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

Tidayu

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

Prada Papua

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Tubo Kelapa

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land