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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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Bomba Mawar

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Samudra

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

Sero Tangga

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Durian Pecah

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

La Galigo

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Tongkonan

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

Insang Ikan

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Merak Lasem

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Buketan Bali

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Tidayu

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

Sandeq

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

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Pala Salawaku

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Kalo Sara

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Sekomandi

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

Pisang Bali

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Desa Na Ualu

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

Wirasat

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

Daun Sirih

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Kain Cual

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Dayak Taghol

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

Rangkiang

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

Pintu Aceh

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

Srimanganti

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tubo Kelapa

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Parang Seling

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Biji Kopi

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

Sido Mulyo

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Honai

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

Angsa Duo

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

Gamolan

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Wakatobi

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

Raja Ampat

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

Bultiya

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Rasamala

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

Tenun Bima

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

Daun Simpor

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Alam Pantai

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Ikan tambal

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

Gumin Tambun

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Lontara

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Sekar Jati

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Taiganja

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Singayaksa

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Kawung

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

Prada Papua

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and