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Skirt cloth (kain sarong) with bird and flower design

circa 1920


Eliza van Zuylen workshop


1890 – 1946

  • Details

    Other Title
    Sarong piece with bird and flower design
    Place where the work was made
    Pekalongan Central Java Java Indonesia
    Cultural origin
    circa 1920
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, dyes; batik
    107.0 x 206.5 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Upper Asian gallery
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Eliza van Zuylen workshop

    Works in the collection


  • About

    In the decades around 1900 Dutch and Eurasian women played an innovative role in batik production, establishing batik workshops along the north coast of Java. One of the most famous of these ateliers was directed by Eliza van Zuylen whose workshop operated in Pekalongan from 1890-1946. Her batiks catered to the tastes of the local Dutch, Eurasian and Chinese settlers as well as to the Western export market. Typically, these cloths were brightly coloured with naturalistic designs of birds and her trade mark bouquets of flowers "buketan".

    Asian Art Department, June 2003.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Provenance

    Dominique Gardan, pre 1996, France, purchased by the Gardan family in Indonesia between 1920 and 1928. By descent to Dominique Gardan.

    Ross Langlands, 1996-2003, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from Dominique Gardan in 1996. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, June 2003.

Other works by Eliza van Zuylen workshop

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