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Gandrung: Vivacious Courtship Dance of Banyuwangi

As visitors set foot on Banyuwangi, at the eastern tip of Java Island, they will be greeted by statues of traditional dancers scattered all over the city. These depict the Gandrung Dance, the icon of present-day Banyuwangi, which has given it the name “the city of Gandrung”. 

The word “Gandrung” in the Javanese language means: being madly in love or infatuated.


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Sungai Dareh Stone: The precious Sumatran Jade of Dharmasraya


The Indonesian Archipelago is very blessed not only with amazing landscapes, but also with an array of natural treasures of precious rocks and gemstones that lie just below the surface.

While the Bacan Stone from the Bacan Island in North Maluku may already be better known and more popular, another equally beautiful gemstone called the Sungai Dareh Stone or the Sumatran Jade is now making

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Batik Solo: Keeping The Tradition Alive

The two famous traditional cloths produced in Solo are batik and lurik. Batik is an important icon of Indonesian culture. The batik which comes from the areas around Solo and Yogya is known as court batik. Traditionally the colors used in this batik are blue to symbolize earth, brown to symbolize fire and white to symbolize air and water. Batik Solo uses sogan (chocolate brown) on a pale yellow ba

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Batik Pekalongan

The batik textile prints of Indonesia are famous throughout the world for their beautifully intricate patterns, delicate designs and warm colors. Distinctly Indonesian, batik was declared as ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ by UNESCO in 2009.

Pekalongan is a city famous for its distinctive north coast batik. Pekalongan is a small city on the northern coast of Central Java, a

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