Lower body wrapper (kain panjang, kain prada)

Batik

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


Object Place: Java; Object Place: Java, Indonesia

Accession Number

43.15

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain panjang) with overall design of plant, animal and sea creature motifs (semen pattern) in dark blue and gold leaf on a natural ecru ground with small blue dots. There is a border with scrolling floral and imitation fringe motifs in dark blue and gold leaf. The gold leaf was possibly applied in Bali.

The semen design, which represents the rich symbolism of Javanese cosmology, is one of the “forbidden” patterns originally restricted to use by the aristocracy at court.

Provenance

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham to the MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham