Lower body wrapper (kain pangjang)

Batik
Prada

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


Dimensions

82 x 206 cm (32 5/16 x 81 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

30.466

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik), applied gold leaf (prada)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain panjang) with overall design of plant, animal and sea creature motifs (semen pattern) in dark blue and gold leaf on a natural ecru ground with small blue dots. There is a border with scrolling floral and imitation fringe motifs in dark blue and gold leaf. The gold leaf was possibly applied in Bali.

The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.

Provenance

Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection