Woman’s wrapper (kain pandjang) with tambal miring design - ROM2008_9949_26


Woman’s wrapper (kain pandjang) with tambal miring design

Medium:Batik, hand-drawn wax resist-dyed cotton tabby
Geography: Pekalongan, Jawa Tengah (Central Java), Indonesia
Date: 1870 – 1899
279 x 108 cm
Object number: 983.56.5
Credit Line: Gift of the Textile Endowment Fund Committee
Not on view
DescriptionKain meaning cloth and pandjang meaning large is the Indonesian name for a wrapper with an all-over pattern. This wrapper is in a traditional diagonal patchwork design called tambal miring, which refers to cloths assembled from many textile patterns. These give the new patchwork design strong magical powers to ward off evil and sickness. By imitating the propitious patchwork, this particular batik pattern retains and continues the associations with magic in a printed textile made for general use.
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