Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain dodot)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century
Object Place: Surakarta or Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia, Central
Height x width: 84 1/4 x 144 1/2 in. (214 x 367 cm)
Medium or Technique
Cotton plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
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Ceremonial cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain dodot) with overall design of stylized plant, animal, temple and garuda wing motifs (semen pattern) in light brown and natural ecru on a dark blue. The piece is made of two lengths sewn together.
The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.
The dodot is an overskirt that is worn draped and folded, sometimes with a train. It is traditionally worn only by royalty, by the bride and groom at a wedding or other ceremonial occasions at court.
Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham to the MFA on Janurary 14, 1943
Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham