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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

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

 

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Teguh Bersatu

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Desa Na Ualu

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

Merak Lasem

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Asmat Papua

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Kain Cual

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Bintik Tujuh

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

Srimanganti

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

Ikan tambal

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

Singayaksa

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

Tenun Bima

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Mahkota Siger

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Prada Papua

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Kalo Sara

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

Lontara

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

Pisang Bali

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Parang Seling

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Gonggong Siput

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

Raja Ampat

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

Rasamala

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Kaharingan

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Tanah Liek

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Bale Lumbu

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Wakatobi

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Honai

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Sero Tangga

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kawung

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

Parang Rusak

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

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

Sekar Jati

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Angsa Duo

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Merak Ngeram

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

La Galigo

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

Buketan Bali

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Daun Simpor

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

Ukir Sentani

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Desa Na Tolu

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

Ake Patra

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Insang Ikan

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Biji Kopi

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Abimanyu Prince

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

Sido Mulyo

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

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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