Lower body wrapper (kain panjang)

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

108 x 275 cm (42 1/2 x 108 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.1296

Medium or Technique

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

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 an overall design of alternating bands of diagonal “broken knife” motifs (parang rusak) and bands of small diamonds in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground.

The parang design is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection