Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Java, Indonesia, Central


109 x 217 cm (42 15/16 x 85 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong). At one end is a dark blue panel (kepala) with a design of bunches of flowers and scattered flowers in natural ecru, brown and dark blue; the central field (badan) has an overall design of diamonds and diagonal bands (parang rusak) in natural ecru, brown and dark blue. There is a scalloped border on one side and a straight border on the other.


Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on May 4, 1911

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection