Join Date: May 2006
I'm sorry, I cannot give names on Madura keris with any authority, and it is not my habit to say something unless I can back it up.
I have visited Madura a few times, and have spent a bit of time in the area of Suminep, but even when I was there, I was getting given different names for the same thing , by different people.
To be absolutely honest about this naming of things, it is something that has very little interest for me. It used to have, but as time has gone by I have found that one person will swear that something is called such and such, and then an equally qualified person will come along and call it something else, or I`ll go ten miles down the road and find it has a different name, or I`ll get a firm fix on the name of something, and then ask the same highly respected source ten years later what the same thing is called, and get a different name.
I call this whole thing :- "the name game", and I feel that the only way in which it should be played is by giving the name, along with the source, the geographic location it was obtained, and the date.
With Madura dress, some of the motifs can be identified with either Suminep or Pamekesan.
I have seen two styles of highly carved wrongkos in the Suminep Kraton museum that were identified as "gabilan", and "brahmana rsi".
I have heard stories about the origin of some motifs and some wrongko styles.
But I cannot give names for the wrongko styles, nor the handle styles, that I could present a case in court for, and win.