- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Batik on commercial cotton
- 73 1/2 × 40 3/4 in. (1 m 86.69 cm × 103.51 cm)
- Arts of the Pacific Islands
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bywaters in memory of Paul and Viola van Katwijk
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On the body (badan), diagonal rows of two different sword (parang) designs alternate with bands of squares containing abstract floral images. The sword motif is associated with kris, a men's ritual knife, believed to have magical powers. Once reserved for royalty in Central Java, this design was later worn by non-royalty and then adopted for north coast batik and worn by both men and women.
The head (kepala) has rows of short and long triangles (tumpal) on either side of a central vertical line of diamonds. Broad strips filled with stylized Garuda bird motifs (referencing the Hindu god Vishnu's mount) and beige flowers on an indigo background frame the head. The gandawari (sweetly wafting smell) border, above and below the head, is traditionally a symbol of marriage.
The rigidity of the images suggests that the batik was created with a stamp. The blackish areas result from overlapping soga brown and indigo dyes.
- Label text, Waxed: Batik from Java, 2016.
- Art Institute of Chicago
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