Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Batik

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


Object Place: Cirebon, Java, Indonesia

Dimensions

104.5 cm (41 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1317

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 Indian-influenced design in the main field (badan) of undulating asymmetrical plant tendrils and small, monkey-like creatures in red, dark blue and yellow-gold on a natural ecru ground and a broad panel (kepala) with interlocking triangles (tumpal design) filled with flowers, deer and other small animals in alternating ground colors of dark blue, natural ecru and red. There are narrow, straight floral borders along each side. The piece has been sewn together to form a tube.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection