An image of Skirt cloth (kain panjang)

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Skirt cloth (kain panjang)

Other titles:
Batik tulis with stylised parang design
Location
Not on display
Further information

Central Javanese batik textiles display a conservative repertoire of designs dominated by geometric shapes, primarily in shades of brown and blue. The white background of this piece suggests that it was produced in Jogyakarta, rather than in Surakarta (Solo) where a cream-colored cloth was used. The parang design has many variations, some of which are 'forbidden motifs' reserved for use by royalty and the court (kraton). This piece is a kain panjang, a cloth measuring approximately 2.5 by 1.05 metres that wraps around and covers the body from waist to ankle.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Place of origin
Central Java, Java, Indonesia
Year
20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
cotton, dyes; batik
Dimensions
246.5 x 102.5 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
230.2008