An image of Skirt cloth (kain sarong) with bird and flower design

Eliza van Zuylen workshop

(Indonesia 1890 – 1946)

Skirt cloth (kain sarong) with bird and flower design

Other titles:
Piece of sarong with bird and flower design
Not on display
Further information

In the decades around 1900 Dutch and Eurasian women played an innovative role in batik production, establishing batik workshops along the north coast of Java. One of the most famous of these ateliers was directed by Eliza van Zuylen whose workshop operated in Pekalongan from 1890-1946. Her batiks catered to the tastes of the local Dutch, Eurasian and Chinese settlers as well as to the Western export market. Typically, these cloths were brightly coloured with naturalistic designs of birds and her trade mark bouquets of flowers "buketan".

Asian Art Department, June 2003.

Place of origin
Pekalongan, Central Java, Java, Indonesia
circa 1920
cotton, dyes; batik
106.0 x 198.0 cm
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
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