Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


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

Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central


107 x 213 cm (42 1/8 x 83 7/8 in.)

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 main field (badan) of floral and leaf motifs in brown and blue on a natural ecru ground with diagonal bands of wavy brown lines and a broad panel (kepala) with stylized birds and flowers in brown, yellow and natural ecru on a dark blue ground that is covered with small seed-like forms in natural ecru. There is a scalloped floral border along one edge and narrow, straight border with vines 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