The Rich History and Cultural Significance of Batik Truntum Motif

The Rich History and Cultural Significance of Batik Truntum Motif


Batik is not only a traditional fabric art form of Indonesia but also a symbolic representation of its cultural heritage. One of the most prominent motifs in the batik world is the Truntum motif. The Truntum motif is a highly detailed pattern that has deep cultural roots in the Javanese tradition. In this blog post, we will explore the history and cultural significance of the batik Truntum motif.

Origin of Truntum Motif

The Truntum motif is believed to have originated in the royal courts of the Central Javanese Sultanate in the 19th century. It is said to be a combination of two distinct patterns - the parang (a jagged edge pattern) and the lereng (a diagonal line pattern). The fusion of these two patterns results in a mesmerizing and unique design, now known as Truntum.

Cultural Significance

Truntum has a deep meaning in Javanese culture. It is a symbol of love, affection, and harmony between two people. The motif represents the interplay of human emotions, with the upward and downward diagonal lines representing the rise and fall of emotions. The diamond shape symbolizes balance and harmony between these emotions, and the dots within the diamond shape symbolize honesty and purity.

In Javanese tradition, the Truntum motif is commonly used in weddings, as it represents the perfect balance of emotions between the bride and groom. The motif is also used in clothing for other special occasions, as it represents harmony and unity.

Technique and Production

Creating a Truntum batik requires a high level of skill and patience. The intricate pattern is drawn onto the fabric using a canting, a small copper tool with a spout that is used to draw wax onto the fabric. The fabric is then dyed in a color of the artist's choice. This process is repeated several times to achieve the desired color depth and complexity.

Today, the Truntum motif is still popular and widely used in various forms of Indonesian art, such as clothing, home decor, and accessories.


The Truntum motif is not only a symbol of Indonesian cultural heritage but also a representation of the deep emotions and connections between individuals. Its unique combination of patterns and its rich history make it a beloved and timeless motif in the world of batik.

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