Lower body wrapper (sarong, kain dua negeri [cloth of two countries])
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century
Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central
180 x 100 cm (70 7/8 x 39 3/8 in.) (detail shown)
Medium or Technique
Cotton; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) and stamped (cap) wax-resist (batik)
Not On View
Rectangular cotton batik cloth with an overall design in the main field (badan) of floral medallions in brown and dark blue on a natural ecru ground and a deep band (kepala) with a floral bouquet (buketan) in natural ecru on a red ground. The ends are sewn together to form a tube.
This type of design is referred to as “cloth of two countries” (kain dua negeri) as it combines the styles and colors from two distinct batik-producing regions: The main field (badan) represents Central Javanese style and the head (kepala) represents the North Coast of Java.
Purchased by MFA on April 21, 1921
Marianne Brimmer Fund