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Old town corner of Yogyakarta (photo: Kota Jogja)

Horse chariots as common public transportation in Yogyakarta (photo: @Reshi Fastriadi)

Yogyakarta Cultural City

This city is the most magnificent cultural spot in Java. Settled in 1755, Yogyakarta is a lively city where visitors can enjoy lots of attractions and buy works of art and craftsmanship, such as batik, keris, and silverwork. With an endless variety of traditional music events, art exhibitions, festivals, and traditional ceremonies, this city showcases the evolution and the fusion of Javanese royal heritage with modern urban arts.   

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Batik Motifs

Abimanyu Prince

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

Wirasat

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

Parang Rusak

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

Kawung

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

 

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Ake Patra

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Lipaq Sabe

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

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

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

Prada Papua

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

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

Paqbarre Allo

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Bunga Raye

Raye Flower motif also represents a wish for

Pucuk Mekar

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Kaharingan

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Raja Ampat

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Gamolan

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Bale Lumbu

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

Insang Ikan

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

Taiganja

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Pala Salawaku

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

Gonggong Siput

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Gajah Way Kambas

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

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

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

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Parang Rusak

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

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Srimanganti

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Manguni Minahasa

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

Desa Na Ualu

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

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Tenun Bima

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Pisang Bali

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

Sekar Jati

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

Enggang Dayak

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Kalo Sara

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

Tidayu

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Sekomandi

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Rasamala

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

Wakatobi

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

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Bomba Mawar

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Ukir Sentani

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Rangkiang

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Lontara

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

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Sandeq

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Daun Sirih

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

Durian Pecah

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Keluak Daun Pakis

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

Alam Pantai

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Biji Kopi

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

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Kain Cual

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Wirasat

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

Cengkeh

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Gigi Haruan Lidi

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

Dayak Kamang

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

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Anggrek Tewu

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

Kuda Kupang

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

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Gurdo Solo

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

Teguh Bersatu

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

Tanah Liek

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