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Skirt cloth (kain panjang)

mid 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Block printed textile - kain panjang
    Place where the work was made
    Central Java Java Indonesia
    mid 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, dyes; batik stamp
    196.0 x 97.5 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Java