Favorite thing: Maybe the today court-dance Bedhaya Ketawang is the upmost legendary dance with ancient traditions of the Far East, performed at Central Java. Legendary because of its creator, better the Panembahan Senapati ing-Galogo (Founder and first King of the Mataram Empire, 1585-1601) to whom this court-dance got dedicated.
It is told the Southern Sea-Goddess inspired 9 maiden dancers to perform an upmost beautiful dance to disperse the King. So She could manifests Herself ... in the Bedhaya "wedding-dance" as a 10th shade ...
The Bedhaya Ketawang is considered a sacred court-dance only performed on the special Jumenengan Dalam/Coronation Day the Susuhunan (shortened "Sunan"), not for tourists. Every Selasa Kliwon (once in 35 days) it is trained in the Kraton.
Dance Of Heaven
Fondest memory: I got the lucky opportunity to see the dance by invitation of Ibu G.R.Ayuh Moertiyah, Princess of Solo/Surakarta Kraton (see cover book). That was one of the best experiences I ever had in Solo ... even I got the permission to walk on the sacred, marbled ground of the Pendopo Hall I stayed on distance and watched this court-dance at some proper distance. I was allowed to take some photographs.
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NYI LARA KIDUL - SOLO BATIK
Favorite thing: Batik art still is regarded as an elite art-form, at Java named "halus", along with Gamelan-music, Wayang shadow-puppet shows, Lakon-myths, Tempong-poetry and Joged court-dances. To the most expensive batiks from Solo during late 19th century were the richly red dyes, the so called SOGA BROWN's.
Fondest memory: Traditionally, batik has been focused on no more than 3 colors; indigo blue, soga brown (the color could range from light yellow to a dark brown) and mengkudu red. In Central Java Solo, batik has brown, blue and cream colours, and North Java got famous for its multi-coloured batiks. Brown symbolizes the earth, blue symbolizes heaven, and red is referred to emotions/feelings.
A little while ago a good friend of mine presented me with this beautiful NYAI LARA KIDUL batik from Solo. Its size: length 150 cm, width 90 cm. The artist is unknown and I still am very anxious for its creator ...
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