Motifs and Patterns

Batik is well known for the unique patterns and motifs. These patterns and motifs also have meanings in them. The people in Indonesia did this because they want to symbolize many of their values. Traditionally they are used in certain ritual ceremony, weddings, and royal investitures. The meanings are also depends on how the batik cloths are being used. Little details, like the way they folded, and whom they are given; they can mean different things by many different regions. The names of the motifs/patterns usually act as a label describing the shape, and it might not have any relation to the meaning. A number of patterns are sometimes label as larangan or forbidden to wear if one is not a part of the royal family.

During the 1920s, local people start to tell story by making batik. Story from traditional folklores, legends and Arabic calligraphy are usually the main influence in making the batik. Also, during the 1920s, batik has turned into another to draw because the local start to make a picture of a swan, butterfly and flowers. From then on, batik was not strictly in a certain motif, but batik is more of a technique to make a work of art.