Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century

Object Place: Java, Indonesia


107 x 212 cm (42 1/8 x 83 7/16 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 overall design in central field (badan) of “broken knife” (parang rusak) pattern in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground. At one end is a broad panel (kepala) of dark blue with scattered flower bouquets in brown, blue and natural ecru. There is a scalloped floral border along one side and a narrow straight border with scrolling leaves along the other.

The parang design is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection