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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

Tongkonan

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

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

Lontara

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

 

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Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Tanah Liek

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Peresean

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Ikan tambal

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Alam Pantai

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

Cengkeh

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Wakatobi

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Asmat Papua

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

Parang Rusak

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

Prada Papua

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Honai

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Daun Simpor

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Teguh Bersatu

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Parang Seling

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

Kain Cual

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Merak Lasem

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Sekar Jati

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Samudra

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Kaharingan

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

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Dayak Taghol

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Karawo Pinang

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Kalo Sara

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

Sekomandi

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Gurdo Solo

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

Ake Patra

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Singayaksa

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

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

La Galigo

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Bale Lumbu

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Rasamala

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Pisang Bali

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

Raja Ampat

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

Buketan Bali

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Srimanganti

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

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,

Abimanyu Prince

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

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

Lontara

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Wirasat

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Gamolan

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

Pattimura

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

Awan Berarak

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kawung

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

Biji Kopi

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