Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

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

Date:

Late 19th century

Artist:

Central Java, Indonesia

About this artwork

The headcloth, worn only by men, is usually square and sometimes has an undecorated area in the center surrounded by evenly distributed pattern. The cloth is tied to form a turban. The principal design element is the royal symbol, the Garuda wing, arranged radially in pairs around the voided central diamond. It would have been worn with a long cloth bearing the same pattern.

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Title

Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

Origin

Java

Date

1875–1900

Medium

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

Dimensions

105.5 x 106.4 cm (41 1/2 x 41 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Guy H. Mitchell

Reference Number

1926.4

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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