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Skirt cloth (kain panjang) with flower and butterfly design

circa 1890-1946


Eliza van Zuylen workshop


1890 – 1946

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Batik tulis kain panjang (skirtcloth)
    Piece of skirtcloth ('kain panjang') with flower and butterfly design
    Place where the work was made
    Pekalongan Central Java Java Indonesia
    Cultural origin
    circa 1890-1946
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, dyes; batik
    106.0 x 196.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed embroided "Eliza van Zuylen". Not dated.

    Gift of Dr John Yu 1998
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Eliza van Zuylen workshop

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Of all the textiles of Southeast Asia, the influence of Europe is most dramatic and direct on certain categories of batik made in Java during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this period Dutch and Eurasian women, referred to as 'Indische' played an innovative role in batik production along the north coast of Java. Their influence extended from their choice of patterns and colours through to their actual entrepreneurial involvement in the establishment of batik workshops. One of the longest lasting and most famous of these ateliers was directed by Eliza van Zuylen whose workshop operated in Pekalongan from 1890-1946. With the influence of European tastes, traditional batik patterns gave way to patterns of flowers, plant motifs and birds reminiscent of Indian chintz patterns. Eliza van Zuylen's batiks were designed for the western export market as well as for the local 'Indische'. This piece with designs of floral bouquets or "buketan", birds and butterflies in various shades of blues and greys, would have been worn as a hip or waist wrapper.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Provenance

    John Yu, pre 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in Indonesia. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 1998.

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