Head wrapper (iket kapala)

Batik

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century


Object Place: Surakarta or Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

104.0 x 105.0 cm

Accession Number

45.243

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, stamped (cap) wax-resit (batik)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s square-shaped cotton batik head wrapper (iket kepala) with a central diamond field (tengahan) of natural ecru surrounded by quadrants of diagonal bands of alternating oval (kawung) and “broken knife” (parang) patterns in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey to the MFA on April 12, 1945

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey