Papua Province – Indonesia
The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by a variety of traditional Sentani wood carvings in Papua. The patterns are composed by patching many different motifs on a sheet of cloth and coloured in two different dyes. The motifs are usually drawn from sacred symbols for Sentani communities with various different meanings, which can be the strong ties between communities, brotherhood, and protection against bad luck.
Note: All contents and batik images are protected by Indonesian cultural property law. This documentation is intended for educational purposes and to facilitate the preservation of Batik UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage 2009. Any use of published materials is allowed only with reference to this website as the original source of publication.
How to preserve Batik
Philosophical Meanings of Batik
Learn and identify the meaning of the motifs from each region. Are you searching for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? Surprise them with a merry little Batik!
Buy the authentic handwritten Batik textiles to add to your prestigious collection. Such support will enhance the well-being of Batik artisans and preserve the living heritage.
If you want to meet the Batik artisans, we encourage you to visit and support Batik workshops in Indonesia. You may discover the local tourism that suits your preference!
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009
Batik Production Process in Papua
Batik production can take 1 month up to 2 years of working time depending on the purposes of the textile creation and the colour complexity. The Batik handwriting textile is generally made with 8 design steps, ranging from wax patterning to colouring process. The artists use Canting, as a tool to put hot melted wax on the cloth.
Overview of Papua Province
Papua is a province located in the eastern part of Indonesia and borders the state of Papua New Guinea. The province was formerly known as Irian Jaya, a name that remained in official use until 2002. The name of the province was changed to Papua according to Law No 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua. Together with Indonesian Batik, Papua’s Noken multi-functioned knotted bag crafting tradition has also been inscribed in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.
Batik Production Villages in Papua Province
Batik villages are the region where the textile heritage producers mostly reside and open their workshops, as well as display their textile products. You could buy the textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.