Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


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

Object Place: Semarang (?), Java, Indonesia


104 x 196 cm (40 15/16 x 77 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton; 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 central field (badan) of scrolling vines and floral and leaf motifs in dark blue, red and tan on a blue ground and a broad panel (kepala) with interlocking triangles (tumpal design) and crosswise bands of scrolling flowers in red, blue and natural ecru. There is a scalloped floral border along one edge and a straight floral border across the other.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection