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Tana Toraja National Heritage Site

Toraja Traditional Settlements in Kete Kesu Village, Tana Toraja Regency (Photo: 22Kartika.Wikipedia)

Limbong natural lake in Rantepao, North Toraja (Photo: @Diansix234)

Tana Toraja National Heritage Site

One cannot miss the wonder of Kete Kesu Village in Tana Toraja. South Sulawesi is known for the homeland of Toraja ethnic and its wonderful legacy. In this place, you will discover Toraja traditional settlements called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a wooden stage house, decorated with original Toraja carving motifs. One of the famous wood carving motif is Pa’tedong motif that represents the face of a buffalo. The Pa’tedong motif is a symbol of hopes, abundance, and prosperity of the Toraja people. 

Situated one hour driving from Kete Kesu Village, Limbong lake is another beautiful characteristic of this place. If you are seeking for relaxation, tranquillity and stunning view with Toraja cultural landscape, you should definitely come and enjoy the beauty of this place!

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Tana Toraja National Heritage Site

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Batik Motifs

Lontara

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

La Galigo

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Tongkonan

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

 

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Motifs

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Gorga Simeol-Meol

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

Ake Patra

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Merak Lasem

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Cengkeh

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Raja Ampat

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Tanah Liek

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Tubo Kelapa

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Parang Seling

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Sero Tangga

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Durian Pecah

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

Pisang Bali

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

Tongkonan

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

Prada Papua

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

Rasamala

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Angsa Duo

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Gamolan

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Bultiya

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Gentala Arasy

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

Rangkiang

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

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

Ikan tambal

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Wakatobi

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

La Galigo

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

Daun Simpor

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

Kalo Sara

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

Wirasat

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

Awan Berarak

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Peresean

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

Kawung

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Sekomandi

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

Honai

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

Kaharingan

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

Samudra

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

Taiganja

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Buketan Bali

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Alam Pantai

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

Biji Kopi

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Pucuk Mekar

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

Srimanganti

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Tidayu

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

Singayaksa

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Kuda Sepasang

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Paqbarre Allo

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Anggrek Tewu

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Sandeq

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