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COMPLICATED MOTIFS HAVE BEEN SIMPLIFIED

by : BU HARTINAH

 
 
 

The characteristic Giriloyo motifs usually use the term sido, which means 'to become, to materialize'.  For instance, there is sido mukti (to be comfortable), sido luhur (to be noble), sido mulyo (to be prosperous), sido asih (to be love). This is different from other villages.  The characteristic of Wonokromo, for instance, is nitik.  Of the old motifs that are still produced in Giriloyo, there are semen romo and pringgodani. Both of these motifs were made when I was young and just learning how to batik.


Now, more batik patterns are simplified because people want to finish quickly.  In the old days, the slendang (long scarf used for both functional and decorative purposes) had an elaborate fringe at both ends (sungging).  Now, generally, they don’t make sungging anymore because it is very intricate and takes a long time. Now, they simplify it to a tumpal pattern (interlocking triangles). Eventually, they just made the merang bodol (scattered rice grains) pattern, which is a kind of sungging, but very simple and easy.


So, merang bodol is like harvesting rice.  Formerly, the rice was harvested by cutting the stalks by hand, then tying the stalks into bundles.  Now, it's just cut down.  Just like batik.  They used to make sungging, now they just make merang bodol. Just to make things easy.
Besides scarves and wrapped skirts, we also make head cloths.  There are many motifs for the head cloths; they match the cloth used for the skirt.  If the skirt is the sidomukti pattern, then the headcloth will be sidomukti too; if the skirt is the wahyu turun pattern, then the head cloth is too.


There are various decorations for the borders of the headcloth. There are dots, lines, and combinations of them all. ***

 
       
 
 
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