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Batik maker applying melted wax to fabric, Sultan's Palace (Kraton), Yogyakarta | by Rahiman Madli
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Batik maker applying melted wax to fabric, Sultan's Palace (Kraton), Yogyakarta

Javanese traditional batik, especially from Yogyakarta and Surakarta, has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese conceptualization of the universe. Traditional colours include indigo, dark brown, and white, which represent the three major Hindu Gods (Brahmā, Visnu, and Śiva). This is related to the fact that natural dyes are most commonly available in indigo and brown. Certain patterns can only be worn by nobility; traditionally, wider stripes or wavy lines of greater width indicated higher rank. Consequently, during Javanese ceremonies, one could determine the royal lineage of a person by the cloth he or she was wearing.

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Taken on June 27, 2011