Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain dodot)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century
Object Place: Surakarta or Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia, Central
215.0 x 360.0 cm
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; 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 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
Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham