Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


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

Object Place: Cirebon, Java, Indonesia


104.5 cm (41 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong) with overall Indian-influenced design in the main field (badan) of undulating asymmetrical plant tendrils and small, monkey-like creatures in red, dark blue and yellow-gold on a natural ecru ground and a broad panel (kepala) with interlocking triangles (tumpal design) filled with flowers, deer and other small animals in alternating ground colors of dark blue, natural ecru and red. There are narrow, straight floral borders along each side. The piece has been sewn together to form a tube.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection