Batik, is a worldwide known traditional cloth that creates with such a delicate technique, decorated with symbols and culture that permeate the lives of Indonesians since the beginning. Inscribed in 2009 by UNESCO as one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, every beautiful batik hid a meaningful symbolism that contains wish, story, and history on each of its patterns. As a country with hundreds of cultures and traditions, Indonesia is home to a myriad of patterns that comes from each region. From the meaningful famous Batik Parang from Solo, Batik Lasem that formed from the acculturation of Java and Chinese culture to the star of Christian Dior’s Spring/ Summer ready to wear collection 2021 – Kain Endek from Bali. During this National Batik Day, Tugu Hotels and Restaurants invite you to a journey of revealing 5 batik patterns from all across Indonesia that you might never heard of before.

Batik Papua

From the beautiful easternmost province of Indonesia, there’s the charming Batik Papua. With many unique batik patterns such as Asmat, Cendrawasih, Sentani, Tifa, and Carved Patches, there is one pattern that has a meaning and values of solidarity and it’s called Tifa Honai which mean ‘a house filled with happiness’ in Papuan Language. 

Batik Tanah Liek

From Minangkabau, you can find Batik Tanah Liek.  The unique trait of this batik is that it uses terracotta or clay as one of the main ingredients in creating the color for its cloth by soaking it for a week. To make a stunning result, Batik Tanah Liek using only natural ingredients from plants such as mangosteen, gambir sap, rice straw, mahogany, and many more. 

Batik Batak Gorga

While batik from Java is known for its earthy wood color, Batik Batak called Gorga is known for its prominent 3 main colors known as Sitiga Bolit. Each color has its meaning according to ancient Batak beliefs, white means purity, truth, honesty, sincerity, and the symbol of the upper world (Banua Ginjang); red means strength, courage, as well as the symbol of the middle world (Banua Tonga); and black means secret, authority, leadership, and the symbol of the underworld (Banua Troru).

Batik Besurek

Combining the beauty of calligraphy and local culture, Batik Besurek from Bengkulu fuses Arabic calligraphy, reflecting influences from the middle east circa 17th century, with their local characteristic into the batik patterns such as the Rafflesia flower. In the olden days the use of Batik Besurek was initially limited only to traditional ceremonies, but as time goes by Batik Besurek has gained more recognition by the government and is now commonly used as formal or informal attire. 

Batik Banten 

Known for its unusual characteristic, Batik Banten is known for adapting their history and culture as the patterns from Baduy Tribe culture, nature, to the shape of artifacts from the Sultanate of Banten reigning era. Another characteristic that catches the eyes is their usage of color, brighter yet soft color is commonly used and they also usually use the stamping method for making the pattern

More than just a cloth, the art and craft of batik is intertwined with the cultural identity of Indonesian people and through the symbolic meanings of its colors and design. With a mission to introduce and living up to the Art, Soul, and Romance of Indonesia, Tugu Hotels & Restaurants’ carries batik throughout its journey since the very start. For example, the Tugu team uniforms using Batik such as Batik Pekalongan, Lasem, and Jarik as the ladies wrapped skirt that combines with kebaya to radiant the elegance and beauty of Indonesian ladies while the man uses it in two ways; one to use it as accessories by fold the cloth short and wrapped it around their waist or use it as a sarong, this also to make the team dashing. Not only for uniform, from a table cloth, bed runner, decorations, to guests’ bathrobe – Tugu always tries to gives a touch of batik in every corner of its properties.

About Tugu Hotels, Exotic Spas, & Restaurants

Tugu Hotels are privately owned and designed collections of luxury art hotels born out of one man’s love and passion for Indonesia’s romantic history. Tugu Hotels’ founder, arguably Indonesia’s biggest collector of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities, designed these beautiful museum hotels to house his antiques and to tell the world the romantic stories and legends of ancient kingdoms of Indonesia.

Tugu Hotels, Exotic Spas, & Restaurants in Bali, Lombok, Jakarta, and East Java, all stand as ethereal monuments of forgotten art, culture, and romance of the thousand-years-old Indonesian archipelago. This fully Indonesian experience is achieved not only through a most unique design amidst majestic landscapes, historic towns, and refurbished historic buildings, but also from various cultural experiences that guests can only have in the hotels. 

Tugu— the art, soul, and romance of Indonesia.

For more info, contacts:

Joshua Christian – Communication Manager

+62 812 8205 7515 

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