Semen Gurda

Pattern/Motif Name: Semen Gurda
Design Format: Hip Wrapper (Kain Panjang) with undyed borders on the narrow ends only.
Provenance: Java, Jogjakarta
Maker: Maria Noor
Technique: Hand-drawn wax resist on machine-woven cotton
Dyeing Methods: Natural Dyes
Dimension: 2.5m x 1.1m

Semen meaning “sprout” or “grow,” is a pattern with various motifs that represent the Gods, holy places, animals, Heaven and Earth—the sum of which thought to refer to fertility worship.

Profusion of sprouts. Traditional Central Javanese pattern associated with fertility and regeneration.

Elliot, I.M. (1984). Batik: fabled cloth of Java. (New York: Clarkson N. Potter).

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