early 1900s

Batik; cotton

Overall: 196.9 x 106.7 cm (77 1/2 x 42 in.)

Gift of Mrs. James J. Tracy 1917.27



Batiks made along the northern coast of Java were influenced not only by Chinese motifs and designs but also European, as a result of the Dutch presence in Indonesia from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. In this sarong, European influence is clearly evident in the sprays of flowers and types of birds represented. Batiks dyed only in indigo were a specialty of Indramaju. Shading and contrast are skillfully achieved through different intensities of blue, through the character and thickness of line, and by the use of tiny dots.

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Batik; cotton

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