Lower body wrapper (sarong, kain dua negeri [cloth of two countries])

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century


Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

180 x 100 cm (70 7/8 x 39 3/8 in.) (detail shown)

Accession Number

21.756

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Provenance

Purchased by MFA on April 21, 1921

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund