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Jakarta Post

2018 Klaten ‘Lurik’ Carnival

Fri, August 3, 2018   /   07:41 pm
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    A boy is curious to see lurik made into two big domes. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    One of the participants dresses up as Goddess Sri during the Klaten Lurik Carnival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    Participants dressed up as Goddess Sri and wearing lurik sit down prior to the carnival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    A total of 36 participants take part in the carnival, which also commemorates Klaten’s 214th anniversary. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    An art installation depicting the process of making lurik is paraded. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    The Goddess Sri and Sadono dance – describing the lives of farmers in Klaten – is performed during the carnival. “Lurik has inspired us that modesty is beautiful,” said fashion observer Edi Sulistyanto. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    Young girls wear lurik kebaya with natural colors during the carnival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    Thousands of people line up along Jl. Pemuda, Klaten, Central Java, to watch the carnival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

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    One of the participants showcases their unique design using lurik and an umbrella during the carnival. JP/Magnus Hendratmo

Magnus Hendratmo

Thousands of people lined up along Jl. Pemuda in Klaten, Central Java, on Saturday despite the scorching sun. They were enthusiastic about watching the Klaten Lurik Carnival, which coincided with Klaten’s 214th anniversary.

Lurik is a fabric with a tiny, striped motif, which is typical clothing of rural Javanese people.

The carnival began from the 0-kilometer of the town with at least 36 participants dressed in lurik.

For 2 km, participants showcased their unique designs accompanied by traditional and contemporary music. Spectators watched a fashion show on the street, as well as something of collaboration between street music and dance.

One of the performers was the Amigo dance troupe, coached by Edi Sulistyanto, who combined fashion show and dance with a theme of "Goddess Sri" (or Shridevi, the goddess of rice and fertility) and Sadono (who resembles farmers) – which describes the agrarian culture of Klaten

“Gone are challenges and disasters. Goddess Sri has transformed into a paddy and reached the golden days,” said artistic designer Joko Aswoyo.

Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani hoped the carnival would help promote lurik overseas. [yan]