Semen Lar

Pattern/Motif Name: Semen Lar
Design Format: Hip Wrapper (Kain Panjang) with undyed borders on the narrow ends only.
Provenance: Java, Surakarta
Technique: Hand-drawn wax resist on machine-woven cotton
Dyeing Methods: Natural Dyes, vegetable reddish-brown soga
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.

Lar meaning wings

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

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