Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

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


107 x 204.5 cm (42 1/8 x 80 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) and stamped (cap) wax-resist (batik)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong) with overall design in the main field (badan) of scrolling plants with roosting peacocks in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground and a deep panel (kepala) with floral and bird motifs and scalloped edges on a dark red ground. There is a scalloped floral border along one edge and narrow, straight border along the other.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection