Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Pekalongan (?), Java, Indonesia


105 x 192 cm (41 5/16 x 75 9/16 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 sarong) with an overall design in the main field (badan) of floral motifs, leaves, birds and butterflies in red, blue, green and black on a natural ecru ground. On one crosswise end is a deep band (kepala) of elongated triangles (tumpal design) with bird and floral motifs in red, yellow, blue and green. There is a combined straight and scalloped border with leaves and flowers along one side and a straight border with leaf motifs along the other.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection