Sep 5, 2014
Sep 5, 2014
Sep 5, 2014
Sep 5, 2014

Sarong

Sarong

mid-1800s

Cotton: plain weave, wax-resist dyed (batik)

Overall: 106 x 192.4 cm (41 3/4 x 75 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. James J. Tracy 1917.26

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Batiks made in the North Coast region of Java, specifically in Pekalongan, were influenced by both Indian and European motifs due to the Dutch presence in Indonesia. In this sarong we see a mixture of Indian and European flowers including jasmine, lilac, and daffodil. Batik is a wax-resist dyeing technique used throughout Java. Hot wax is applied with a tool known as a canting and a design is hand drawn with incredible skill. This sarong was then dyed with indigo, a well sought after and culturally important natural dye. Areas on the fabric with wax will not accept the indigo dye, hence the term wax-resist.

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Textile

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