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Tubular Skirt (Sarong)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis).


c. 1900


Indonesia, Java, North Coast, Pekalongan

About this artwork

Workshops in Pekalongan produced various types of pictorial subjects, including illustrations of Western stories. The story that is referred to in this sarong, now opened to its full size, has yet to be identified but is full of curious elements. In the center, on the white ground, four male figures wearing breeches pose and gesture in a declamatory way, like actors on a stage. They stand before a building and are surrounded by a rich assortment of angels, animals (including a camel) and birds, butterflies, and plants.


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Tubular Skirt (Sarong)


Java (Object made in)

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Made 1890–1910


Cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis)


213.4 × 107 cm (84 × 42 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of E. M. Bakwin Indonesian Textile Collection

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