Month: October 2013

Rumah Limas: On the Brink of Extinction

South Sumatra province comes with a long history. Formerly known as Sriwjaya, it once was the biggest Buddhist kingdom in Southeast Asia. Like other regions in Indonesia, the ethnic group inhabiting this province has its own traditional houses and architectural style known as rumah panggung kayu (wooden stilt house) or rumah limas. The word limas

Badik, South Sulawesi’s Traditional Dagger

Many of the more than 300 culturally rich ethnic groups of Indonesia have their own weapons. For the badik, the traditional weapon is the dagger of the Makassar Bugis people. The process of making badik is not an easy one since there are three parts to work on: The bilah (blade), gagang (handle) and the

Jepara’s Traditional Weavings

Jepara is a small town on the north coast of Central Java province renowned for many years as the center of teak woodcarvings. This small town is also birthplace to Raden Ajeng Kartini, the pioneer for Indonesia’s women’s rights during the colonial period. Like Java’s other regions, kain tenun, or traditional weaving can also be

Rumah Bolon: House of the Batak Toba

The Batak people are North Sumatra province’s major ethnic group. Within this particular ethnic group are many sub-groups and tribes, for example the Batak Toba. Like most Indonesia’s other ethnic groups, Batak Toba have their own traditional house. Rumah Adat Batak Toba (Batak Toba Traditional House) is known as Rumah Bolon (Bolon House), a rectangular