Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Batik

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century


Object Place: Pekalongan (?), Java, Indonesia, North coast

Dimensions

106 x 206 cm (41 3/4 x 81 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1313

Medium or Technique

Cotton; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s or woman’s cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong) with an overall design in the central field (badan) of floral and leaf motifs in red, black and natural ecru on a dark blue ground. On one end is a red panel (kepala) with a floral design in blue and natural ecru. Across the top and bottom of the garment and on each side of the panel are scalloped borders of natural ecru decorated with red, light and dark blue. This 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