Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Pekalongan (?), Java, Indonesia, North coast


106 x 206 cm (41 3/4 x 81 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s or woman’s cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong) with an overall design in the central field (badan) of floral and leaf motifs in red, black and natural ecru on a dark blue ground. On one end is a red panel (kepala) with a floral design in blue and natural ecru. Across the top and bottom of the garment and on each side of the panel are scalloped borders of natural ecru decorated with red, light and dark blue. This 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