sarong; ritual clothing

A red and white sarung in hand-drawn batik. The main field of the cloth is a plain, dark red or purple, with a white scalloped batik border along the upper and lower edges. The kepala has a diagonal design.

This sarong is worn by a boy (if he is the only son in a family) for a ruwatan, a ritual ceremony for an only child. This ceremony takes place every Rabi'ul Awwal, the third month of the Muslim calendar, at Hari Maulid Nabi, the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, and it is usually celebrated on the 12th day of the month. The cloth is worn unsewn, and has a purificatory function.

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