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Batik sarong with bird and flower design


Artist

Eliza van Zuylen

Indonesia

1863 - 1947


About

In the nineteenth century, batik production became commercialised, particularly on the North Coast of Java. A number of workshops and factories sprang up, including one established by Eliza van Zuylen in the town of Pekalongan, an important batik centre. In operation from 1890 to 1946, van Zuylen's workshop became famous for its high-quality batiks.

North Coast batiks differ from the conservative Central Javanese ones in the use of bright colours and experimental designs. Many North Coast batiks include imagery reflecting the multi-cultural communities in the region. Chinese decorative ideas appear in bird and flower motifs, border patterns, animals, and mountains, as well as pink, yellow and blue hues. European floral bouquets with birds, butterflies, and bees, and images taken from fairy tales, the colonial lifestyle, soldiers and military equipment also were popular. In this textile, we can see flower bouquets "buketan" combined with birds and insects. The dark blue end section is called the kepala (head) and the cloth was worn so that this section showed at the front.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2011


Details


Other Title

Piece of sarong with bird and flower design


Place where the work was made

Pekalongan Java Indonesia


Date

circa 1920


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, dyes; batik


Dimensions

106.0 x 198.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

203.2003


Artist information

Eliza van Zuylen

Works in the collection

4