Lower body wrapper (pagi-sore sarong)

Batik

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


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

105.5 x 259.0 cm

Accession Number

45.239

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey to the MFA on April 12, 1945

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey