Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain dodot)


Indonesian (Javanese)
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)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham