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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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Yogyakarta Cultural City

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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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Peresean

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

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

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

Honai

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

Jumputan Bintang

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

Ikan tambal

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

Sido Mulyo

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

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

Desa Na Tolu

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

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

Rumah Mamuju

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

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

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

Tubo Kelapa

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

Tikar Natuna

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

Durian Pecah

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

Merak Ngeram

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

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Pintu Aceh

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

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Tenun Bima

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

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Gonggong Siput

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

Hiu Taliyasan

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

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Pala Salawaku

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

Karawo Pinang

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

Wirasat

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

Kasih Tak Sampai

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

Awan Berarak

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

Sandeq

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

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Tidayu

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

Abimanyu Prince

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

Buketan Bali

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

Tanah Liek

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

Daun Simpor

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

Besurek Rafflesia

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

Lontara

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

Parang Seling

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

Biji Kopi

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

Kuda Sepasang

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

Gonggong Beruntun

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

Lok Baintan Floating Market

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

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Bale Lumbu

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

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

Parang Rusak

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

Gentala Arasy

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

Dayak Taghol

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

Leuit Sijimat

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

Pucuk Rebung Riau

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

Manguni Minahasa

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

Raja Ampat

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

Bomba Mawar

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

Sekomandi

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

Cengkeh

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

Tangerang Herang

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

Mahkota Siger

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

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

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

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Pattimura

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

Rutun Penyu

This motif describes the local wisdom which favours modesty and

Ukir Sentani

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

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Kawung

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

Sekar Jati

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

Gajah Way Kambas

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

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

Tabir Tanjung

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

Karawo Mahkuta

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

Anggrek Tewu

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

Bekantan Pakis

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

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

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

Rasamala

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

Burung Bidadari

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

Bintik Tujuh

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

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Malinau Cultural Festival

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

Gamolan

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

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Jupri Kembang Teh

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

Asmat Papua

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

Pisang Bali

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

Tengkawang Ampiek

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

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Daun Sirih

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

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Paqbarre Allo

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

Insang Ikan

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

Pucuk Mekar

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

Desa Na Ualu

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