Lower body wrapper (kain sarong)

Indonesian (Javanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Java, Indonesia, North


104 x 180 cm (40 15/16 x 70 7/8 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’s or woman’s rectangular cotton batik lower body wrapper (kain sarong) with an overall design in the central field (badan) of scrolling vines and leaves over diagonal bands of “broken dagger” (parang) lozenges in red on a natural ecru ground. On one end is a deep panel (kepala) with stylized floral motifs in natural ecru on a red ground. There is a scalloped border with flowers along one side and a narrow, straight border with leaves along the other side.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection