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An image of Batik - kain panjang by

Central Java, Java, Indonesia

Batik - kain panjang
Other titles:
Batik tulis with stylised parang design
Place of origin
Central JavaJavaIndonesia
20th century
Media category
Materials used
Batik on cotton

246.5 x 102.5 cm (irreg.)

Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Central Javanese batik textiles display a conservative repertoire of designs dominated by geometric shapes, primarily in shades of brown and blue. The white background of this piece suggests that it was produced in Jogyakarta, rather than in Surakarta (Solo) where a cream-colored cloth was used. The parang design has many variations, some of which are 'forbidden motifs' reserved for use by royalty and the court (kraton). This piece is a kain panjang, a cloth measuring approximately 2.5 by 1.05 metres that wraps around and covers the body from waist to ankle.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015