Man's headcloth (iket kepala) - 2011.73.54_1_doc20111222_IMG7280


Man's headcloth (iket kepala)

Medium:Batik: cotton tabby, hand-drawn (tulis) resist
Geography: Central Java, Indonesia
Date: 1925-1930
103 x 103 cm
Object number: 2011.73.54
Credit Line: Gift of Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Man’s headcloth with abstracted wings of garuda, the divine protector bird of Hinduism and Buddhism. In Java, Indonesia, women developed their own method for creating colour and pattern by drawing wax on cloth with a copper pen, then soaking it in dye baths, an art known as batik. Historically, batik makers took some design inspiration directly from Indian chintz, such as flowering vines. But many women developed new abstract designs to convey local religious concepts.

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