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Lower Body Wrapper (kain panjang) with Design of Repeated Diagonal Bands (garis miring) of Six Patterns

Artist Culture
Javanese
Date
late 19th century
Material
Plain-weave cotton with hand-drawn wax resist decoration (batik tulis) with natural dyes
Made in
Surakarta, Central Java province, Indonesia, Asia
Classification
Costume & clothing, textiles
Current Location
On View, Gallery 100
Dimensions
41 1/2 × 102 3/8 in. (105.4 × 260 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
180:1926
NOTES
This textile showcases various patterns in diagonal bands, a design known as garis miring. Each band alternates between a narrow and a wider one. This order is repeated across the entire surface, creating a soft overall look. When viewed closely, each of the six patterns is very meticulously drawn and painstakingly waxed by hand in preparation for coloring with natural dyes. The contrast between the indigo blue and various shades of brown is characteristic of batiks made in Surakarta, one of the two royal courts in Central Java. There is a greater concentration of indigo blue in every sixth band, which allows that pattern to be the most visible from a distance. The subtle and elegant design shows off the expertise of the batik artist, since it combines a number of motifs used singly in many other batiks.
- 1926
George Schulein (b.1887), New York, NY

1926 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from George Schulein [1]


Notes:
[1] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, December 10, 1926.
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