Shoulder or breast cloth (slendang or kemben)

Batik

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century


Object Place: Surakarta (?), Java, Indonesia, Central

Dimensions

52.0 x 264.0 cm

Accession Number

45.240

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

Long, rectangular cotton batik shoulder (slendang) or breast (kemben) cloth with two design fields known as “morning-evening” (pagi-sore): One half has an overall design stylized flowers, animals and birds’ wings (semen pattern) in dark blue and tan on a natural ecru ground; the other half has a repeating design of diagonal bands (parang) of interlocking circular motifs (kawung) in dark blue and tan on a natural ecru ground. There are narrow borders on each side of repeating geometric motifs and the center length of the cloth is left undyed.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Grafton D. Dorsey