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Skirt cloth

Skirt cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Pekalongan (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed cotton batik

  • Museum number:

    IS.131-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cloth is an unsewn sarong or skirt cloth in cotton batik of machine-produced cotton fabric, made in either in Pekalongan on the north coast of Java or another site in north east Java in the late 19th or early 20th century. The ground is sandy coloured, with indigo, red, pink, green and yellow designs of birds, flowers, small animals, and branches. The borders, which have a blue ground, are patterned with foliage and floral motifs. The central design, which is known as the kepala (or head, as distinct from the body of the cloth) has diamond shapes between the pattern of triangles (known as tumpals and deriving from Indian textile forms) with alternate bird and lobster like designs.

The colour range of batiks of the north coast of Java, with their strong reds in addition to the indigo, brown and cream which are typical of central Java, have strong Indian and Chinese resonances. The north coast of Java, for centuries one of the links in the long distance overseas trade, had been continually subject to outside influence, both Asian and European, and it is these various influences in combination with the indigenous Javanese styles that are reflected in the batiks produced in the region after 1800.

Physical description

Skirt cloth (sarong) of resist-dyed cotton batik. The sarong is unsewn. The batik is made on machine produced cotton fabric in tabby weave.

The ground is sandy coloured, with indigo, red, pink, green and yellow designs of birds, flowers, small animals, and branches of foliage. The head (kepala), which falls in the centre of the unsewn cloth, and borders which have a blue ground, are patterned with foliage and floral motifs. The diamond shapes created between the tumpals (triangles) of the kepala have alternate bird and lobster-like designs.

Place of Origin

Pekalongan (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed cotton batik

Dimensions

Length: 84.5 in, Width: 41.75 in

Descriptive line

Skirt cloth (sarong) of resist-dyed cotton batik, Pekalongan, Java, late 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Swallow, Deborah, A Singular Substitute, pps. 156-164
The V&A Album, 5, London: 1986 Number: ISBN 1851770771

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Batik

Categories

Images Online; Women's clothes; Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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