Dayak, Borneo origin

Did I fail to tell you that I love my country? Very patriotic of me, eh? One of the reasons why I love my country is the fact that I lived my daily life among diversity.

I have travelled the world (well almost) and every time I balance it by traveling my country, I fall in love more and more with my own country. You can jump from island to island and it feels like you are in a different country! Seriously! There are 33 provinces, approximately 300 ethnic groups, 600 languages (YES, language! Not dialect). And I speak the Java (Kromo), Java (Ngoko), Balinese, Ambonese, and National language Bahasa Indonesia.

Enough of Geography and straight to my new ins today! My niece recently traveled for work in Borneo (Kalimantan) bordered to Malaysian Borneo (Sabah & Sarawak). She bought me this beautiful Clutch in Kalimantan's Batik, and a coin purse,

The Dayak are the native people of Borneo. It is a loose term for over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, although common distinguishing traits are readily identifiable. The Dayak were animist in belief; however many converted to Christianity & Islam recently.  The Dayak indigenous religion has been given the name 'Kaharingan', and may be said to be a form of animism, can you see it in their motifs here?

In the past the Dayak were feared for their ancient tradition of headhunting practices. After conversion to Christianity or Islam and anti-headhunting legislation by the colonial powers; the practice was banned and disappeared. The "green revolution" in the 1950s, spurred on the planting of new varieties of wetland rice amongst Dayak tribes. The modern day rise in large scale mono-crop plantations such as palm oil and bananas. Metal working is elaborately developed in making Mandaus (machetes) and these beautiful brass accessories, 

I can really blabbering about the whole Dayak culture and would probably put you all to sleep, so I must stop now and let you enjoy the images that I Googled.


[back in their hay days, similar till this day with a little coverage of some part]

[todays look]

[todays look down in the jungle area]

Have a good weekend you all...


  1. This is post is so interesting e lovely!:)

  2. The current look is brilliant, I am charmed with it! They have an incredible style though they do not leave of side his etnia!


  3. gah, i also love their traditions which is so unique and not influenced by the modern era :) I love your blog, all contents are amazing ;D

    follow me if you love to, and i’ll follow you back :)

  4. Do you have fun in Borneo (Kalimantan)??
    Love the pics! =)

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I appreciate it ^^

    I love this post, very interesting.

  6. Oh my god, I so love that clutch!
    And I totally understand you love your country. How cool is it that you speek so many languages!



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  8. thank you all for your lovely comments... really appreciate it!

  9. nice post! wow i didnt know it about your country, it has 600 languages! thank you for visit my blog, would you like follow each other? ah nice clutch!

  10. wow, i want to visit kalimantan someday!
    it's really rich of cultures ♥

  11. aww, thank you so much :)
    interesting post ;)
    bisous xxx

  12. Love Dayak culture. Their carving is so beautiful. I always wanted to
    Visit kalimantan but my dad said better not since I'm 1/8 Maduranese due to the ethnic clash lol. Well, I definitely want to visit Sulawesi and Sumatra though!

    1. oh no! you are 1/8 Maduranese? I heard that they can actually smell (LOL) even if its 1/100.... LOLOL... Sulawesi and Sumatra are SUPER!!!! I am following you back btw... xx

  13. waaaw I just love your purse! :O

    so beautiful!