Skirt Cloth for Sarong

This batik cloth was meant to be sewn into a sarong. The style is called “tiga-negeri” (three countries) because the dyeing process was done in three different areas for the indigo, the red, and the soga brown. The body (badan) of the design depicts floral and bird motifs. The head (kepala) depicts birds, central diamonds, and deer.

Title: Skirt Cloth for Sarong

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: Early 20th century

Geography: Indonesia, Java

Culture: Javanese

Medium: Cotton, natural dyes

Technique: Plain weave, wax-resist dyed cloth (batik)

Dimensions: 106.5 x 200 cm (42 x 78 3/4 in)

Classification: Costumes; principal attire (lower body)

Credit Line: Gift of Helena Hernmarck in memory of Mary Kahlenberg, 2022

Object ID Number: 2022.12.KT673