Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain dodot)
Dutch colonial rule
Object Place: Java, Indonesia
210.1 x 319 cm (82 11/16 x 125 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
Not On View
Ceremonial cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain dodot) with central field (tengahan) in solid dark blue surrounded by a deep border of stylized plant, animal and temple motifs (semen pattern) in light brown and dark blue from which long, sinuous points (tjemoekirrans) extend into the center field. 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 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.
Purchased by MFA on November 5, 1931
Samuel Putnam Avery Fund