Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
20th century

Object Place: Pekalongan (?), Java, Indonesia, North coast


106.0 x 212.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, 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 sarong) with overall design in the central field (badan) of flowers and birds on a diagonal latticework in brown and light blue on a natural ecru ground and a deep band (kepala) with scalloped edges and floral motif with birds and butterflies in light blue, tan and natural ecru on a dark brown ground. There is a scalloped floral border along one edge and a narrow, straight border with a repeating leaf motif along the other.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey