Lower body wrapper (pagi-sore sarong)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century
Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central
105.5 x 259.0 cm
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)
Not On View
Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain) divided into two distinct patterns referred to as “morning-evening” (pagi-sore): One half is covered with “broken knife” (parang) pattern in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground; the other half is covered with a repeating oval (kawung) pattern in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground. At each end is a border with interlocking triangles (tumpal design) with stylized floral and geometric motifs.
The parang and kawung designs are two of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court. The tumpal design reflects influence from Indian textile traditions.
Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey to the MFA on April 12, 1945
Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey