Lines are stacked and woven —Lurik, into unconditional barriers that symbolize protection and never-ending attention from a mother to a child. The woven tradition continued through telupat - telu (three) and papat (four) - pattern was once reserved for the attire of the Jogjakarta Kraton's royal guardians, Abdi Dalam.

Part of Abdi Alam, are woven studies deconstructing telupat. The accumulation of stacked repeating lines from single (Siji), to thirds (Telu) and fourths (Papat). Each number resembles the individual, the family and the universe, within the philosophy of “Kewulu minangka prepat, which means the assembling of kinship. Like the forest, a single tree relies not only with the family of its species but rather the whole ecosystem and its entirety to survive. A line represents a single tree, a whole cloth embodies a woven forest.

Technique & Craft; naturally dyed in Indigofera Tinctoria, native dye plant in Java, each cotton thread is handwoven on a traditional ATBM floor loom by the artist himself. Thread counts 3,000 threads /per meter, the cloth is mordanted and blessed with sea water from the West Coast of Java.

Alexander Sebastianus H.

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