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An image of Cloth with Islamic inscriptions by

Java, Indonesia

Title
Cloth with Islamic inscriptions
Place of origin
JavaIndonesia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
batik, cotton, dyes
Dimensions

264.5 x 91.0 cm

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the VisAsia Dinner Fund to commemorate the ‘Arts of Islam' exhibition 2008.
Accession number
22.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.