Discover The Evolution of Batik Motifs across Centuries

Explore the evolution of Batik motifs and its historical traits across centuries. The wax-resist dyeing has existed since 5000 BC-2600 BC. Later, this production technique entered the Indonesian archipelago through merchants from India - Gujarat who got in contact with local people during the heyday of the Silk Road maritime trading period, ca. 2-15 CE. In the 6th–8th centuries, Batik textiles were restricted for use to royalty and nobility, especially in Java. From then on, this cultural practice has been passed on from generation to generation until today.

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Enggang Dayak

“Enggang” is the native word for the hornbill bird. This motif represents the closeness of the Indonesian Dayak society with nature. All parts of the hornbill’s body symbolize the greatness and

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Angso Duo

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

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Mega Mendung

This motif was invented by a King of Pajajaran Kingdom (923-1428) during his meditation to seek for

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Banji Cirebon

The banji motif is a stylization of the Indian swastika motif that enters Indonesia through

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Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of the person and

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​The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin prayed for

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Mahkota Siger

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

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Parang Rusak

Other than courage and steadfastness, this motif also signifies that the wearer is

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Gurdo Solo

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

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Kawung Mataram

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

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Sido Mulyo

Sido Mulyo is one of the classical motifs specifically used for the bride’s costume in

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Dayak Kamang

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

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Kain Cual

The word “Cual” refers to woven textile, which was first invented by the Muntok community in

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

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

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Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word “Awan Berarak” means the marching cloud in

Discover The Evolution of Batik Motifs across Centuries

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