Dodot (ceremonial wrapper) - ROM2012_12508_12


Dodot (ceremonial wrapper)

Medium:Cotton batik with gold leaf (prada) decoration
Geography: Made in Java, Indonesia for Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Date: early 20th century
214 x 358 cm
Object number: 2011.73.8
Credit Line: Gift of Rudolf G. Smend
Not on view

This gold-decorated wrapper called a dodot has decoration forming a border around a dark center. Batik consists of hand drawing with beeswax to create pattern by resisting dyeing, an art perfected by the Javanese. The smell of wax is one way to judge a superior piece. Rulers and nobility reserved the right to wear 12 metre long wrappers enfolded around the lower body. On the wedding day a commoner was permitted to dress as royalty and wear dodot.

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