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Skirt cloth (kain panjang)

20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Batik tulis with stylised parang design
    Place where the work was made
    Central Java Java Indonesia
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, dyes; batik
    246.5 x 102.5 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Java

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition