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An image of Batik - kain panjang by

Central Java, Java, Indonesia

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

246.5 x 102.5 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
230.2008
Location
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 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015