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Collection

An image of Batik cloth (kain panjang) by

Java, Indonesia

Title
Batik cloth (kain panjang)
Other titles:
Block printed textile - kain panjang
Place of origin
JavaIndonesia
BaliIndonesia
Year
mid 20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
Batik block on cotton cloth
Dimensions

196.0 x 97.5 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
228.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

Batik is a resist-dye method of decorating cloth. Parts of the design are drawn either by hand or with a stamp on the cloth with wax. The textile is then dipped in a vat of dye, and the areas covered with wax do not pick up the colour. After drying the wax is removed, and different parts of the design are waxed and the cloth is dyed with another colour. This process is repeated until the textile has been dyed with all the colours necessary for the design. Both (accession numbers 232.2008 & 228.2008) of these batik cloths are 'kain panjang', a cloth that wraps around and covers the body from waist to ankle, from the north coast of Java.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012