Lower body wrapper (kain panjang)

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection