Wraparound skirt (kain panjang)

DATE:
c. 1900
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Batik on cotton, tulis
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 44 x 103 1/4 in. (111.76 cm x 2 m 62.26 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Textile Purchase Fund
OBJECT NUMBER:
1989.44

General Description

Dense rows of geometric medallions containing abstract flower blossoms as seen from above are combined with banji motifs on the body (badan) of this batik. The banji pattern, derived from an ancient mystical symbol, is connected with Hindu gods in India and with Buddhism in China, where it is translated as "ten thousand blessings." The flawless application of the design indicates that it probably was made using a cap, or stamp.

Both ends have a broad decorative band (papan) combined with triangles (tumpal), said to illustrate bamboo shoots, symbols of fertility that also offer protection. The papan includes images of flowers, plants, and butterflies as well as the luk cuan, a Chinese mythical bird associated with good luck. A gandawari (sweetly wafting smell) border on the top and bottom of the cloth contains a combination of flowering rice plants, maize, and the melati flower symbolic of marriage.

Excerpt from

  • Label text, Waxed: Batik from Java, 2016.

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