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.
Sarong piece with bird and flower design
cotton, dyes; batik
107.0 x 206.5 cm
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006