Among the many kinds of woven textiles from Indonesia, Tenun Lurik is one of the most profound ones. In Indonesia, textile is considered more than just clothing, but it is interrelated to various beliefs and used in many religious rituals and traditional ceremonies. Lurik extensively flourished and is highly appreciated in the area of Java. There are textiles which are considered sacred; others are thought to possess magical powers, express advice or hope etc. Tenun Lurik is derived from the Javanese language and means “handwoven stripes”. It is widely used on statues and temples across the Island of Java.

The different names of the motives descend from traditional sayings, which provide advice and guidance to direct people to life a blessed life. Many of the names originate from objects which are familiar and useful for the weavers and which are traditionally considered sacred.

In spite of the simple look, the creation of the stripe motives requires a strong detail orientation to achieve the aimed harmonization of colors and structure.

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