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Woman’s Tubular Skirt (kain sarung) with Design of Floral Bouquets, Birds, and Butterflies

Oey Pek Sien, Javanese, born 1942
Plain-weave cotton with hand-drawn wax-resist decoration (batik tulis) with synthetic dyes
Made in
Pekalongan, Central Java province, Indonesia, Asia
Costume & clothing, textiles
Current Location
Not on view
40 9/16 × 40 3/16 in. (103 × 102 cm)
Credit Line
William K. Bixby Trust for Asian Art, by exchange
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The principal decorative motifs on this fabric are floral bouquets with birds and butterflies. The kepala (head) panel has a blue background with tiny floral scrolls. A rectangular cartouche near the top provides the maker’s name, the locale of Kedungwuni, and states that the design is completely hand drawn. The badan (body) section has a background with centipede-like seaweed in purple with further infill of tiny leaves. The vibrant colors are the result of synthetic dyes. Oey Pek Sien, from a famous family of batik-makers in the Kedungwuni district of Pekalongan, married Gan Kay Liem (born 1929), a batik artist from the area in 1970. Gan had started his workshop at the age of 20, soon after the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands. Their family’s workshop and retail store, Batik Gan Kay Liem, still exists in the Sampangan district of Pekalongan.
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