Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain panjang)

Batik
Kain prada

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century


Object Place: Java; Object Place: Java, Indonesia

Dimensions

208 x 72 cm (81 7/8 x 28 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.662

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, stamped (cap) wax-resist (batik), applied gold leaf (prada)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik and gold leaf (prada) lower body wrapper (kain panjang) with overall grid of repeating leaf and floral motifs in dark blue, tan and gold on a natural ecru ground. There is a circular medallion with a bird motif in the center of the cloth. Batiked in Java, possibly gilded in Bali

Provenance

1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund