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


215.0 x 360.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ceremonial cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain dodot) with overall design of stylized plant and animal motifs (semen) in blue, brown and tan. The piece is made of two lengths stitched 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 kain 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 January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham