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Skirt Cloth (Kain panjang)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; resist printed (batik).

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; resist printed (batik).


Second half of the 20th century


Surakarta (Solo), Java, Indonesia

About this artwork

The crowned, serpent-like dragon repeated across the design of this cloth is the nāga—a supernatural symbol or deity that features in many South and Southeast Asian religious traditions. In Java, nāga is an underworld goddess associated with fertility and water. Men or women might wear this type of patterned skirt cloth for ceremonies at the kraton (palace), especially for festivals that honor her.

Surakarta is a historic royal capital (also known as Solo for its location next to the river of the same name) and a major center for batik, a wax-resist dye technique that originated in Java.


On View, Gallery 142




Skirt Cloth (Kain panjang)


Surakarta (Object made in)

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Made 1950–2000


Cotton, plain weave; resist printed (batik)


Inscription: HKS


105.3 × 242.8 cm (41 1/2 × 95 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of E. M. Bakwin Indonesian Textile Collection

Reference Number


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