Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Batik

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


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.1342

Medium or Technique

Cotton, 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 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.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection