Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Java, Indonesia


104 x 215 cm (40 15/16 x 84 5/8 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 interlacing bands of ovals (kawung) and “broken daggers” (parang) in dark blue and brown on a natural ecru ground and a deep band at one end (kepala) with a floral design in dark brown and natural ecru on a dark blue ground. The intersection of the interlacing bands forms a swastika motif (banji), an auspicious symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection