Saturday, January 15, 2011


Every ethnic in Indonesia has its own traditional house style. Each and every one is different. Doors that attach to each every house has their own philosophy.

Door is a connection to out environment and interior. Philosophically door has meaning refers to positivity, enthusiasm and a way achieve our goal.

The common patterns like floral, plants, leaves have meaning of the fertile Java land. It is also tells about how human connected and depended to sun and earth. The floral on the upside and downside of door is reflection of value that human life has to be balance with nature to bring peaceful.

Their door has floral and animal patterns on the upside. Floral like Lotus is a reflection of Sundanese sense of beauty. Animal motifs like senuk or small elephant symbolized of power. Meanwhile the sarisig or layer, has function as wind hole.

The doors dominated by golden floral patterns which symbolize of happiness and prosperity. Riau people believe that the more patterns engraved on a door of a house, the higher social status of the owner. Besides floral patterns, there are also plants and animal which mean life and peace.

Doors to Palembang people is reflection of cultural, religion and social values. The common floral pattern applied is ‘kembang tanjung’ which means welcome. The red and yellow color that dominates the design are reflection of courage and prosperity.

As part of Minangkabau traditional house called Rumah Gadang, the door colorfull motifs and patterns is a reflection of their appreciation to local values. The floral patterns symbolize the prosperity, life, development, useful and continuity.

People of Batak Mandailing absorb the universe as their inspiration for motifs and patterns on their door. Like ‘si matani ari’ or sun and ‘desa ni ualu’ means eight points of the compass. Each and every motifs reflected their beliefs and religion. The door craving is pretty simple.

Floral patterns are common applied as ornaments on the upside of the door which engraved beautifully. Meanwhile the door leaf itself has simple design which also ornamented with floral motif as reflection of the nature beauty and social status, royalty.

The motifs and patterns is a reflection of Javanese values of happiness and balancing of life. It is also symbolized of family values, art and Javanese culture.

The design is very simple. The silhouette of mosque’s dome is common applied on the door, as a symbol of religiousity of Betawi people. Other motifs and patterns applied are influenced by Chinese people who came to Batavia centuries ago.

The most common motifs applied on Banjar doors are flowers, fruits and leaves which symbolized the land fertility and peace. As always gold color used to symbolized of prosperity.

In Bali door used to be called as kori which mean entrance door. The animal and floral patterns carved on door has reflection of balancing of life, the relation between human and God also the environment. Bali door is known for their vibrant color combined with gold.

The motif and patterns inspired by plant and flower named as ‘bungong meulu’, ‘bungong jeumpa’, and ‘bungong mata uroe’ engraved on door wood. Arab calligraphy is also common carved onto door. The color usually matched with the house design. Gold is common for highlighting the motifs.

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