264.5 x 91.0cm
This cloth is an exceptional example of Indonesian batik with Islamic designs. The design motifs have great clarity and variety, and the printing is crisp. Large rectangular calligraphic batiks are known as 'kerudung', literally 'shroud', in Java. They were worn wrapped around the head and draped on the body as a shoulder cloth. Other possible uses were as temporary covers for coffins or tombs in funerary rituals, as well as ceremonial hangings or banners.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2008.