Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)


Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Pekalongan, Java, Indonesia


105 x 225 cm (41 5/16 x 88 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long, rectangular cotton batik cloth for a man’s or woman’s wrapper (kain sarong) with an overall design in the central field (badan) of flowers and leaves in red, light and dark blue, tan and natural ecru on a dark blue ground and a deep panel (kepala) with scalloped edges and floral bouquets (buketan) in light and dark blue, tan and natural ecru on a red ground. There is a scalloped floral border along one side and a narrow, straight floral border along the other side. The ends have 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