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Batik sarong tulis, Java

Item: Batik sarong tulis

Size: 41 x 78 in (104 x 198 cm), 230 g

Provenance: Pekalongan, Java, Indonesia; mid 20th Century.

Method: tulis batik on very fine cotton


This batik cloth is a sarong, a cloth often joined at the ends to form a tube skirt. A sarong generally consists of a 'body' and a 'head'. The body is about 75% of the lenth of the cloth. The 'head' in this case are two parallel rows of triangles called a tumpal. This sarong was most likely made in Pekalongan on the north coast of Java. It is in the naturalistic style of the coastal areas and reflecting foreign influence called Batik Pesisir.

This batik sarong is hand-drawn batik, also known as batik tulis. Tulis means to write or draw. The pattern is first drawn by wax, with a device called a canting. It is a small copper vessel attached to a pen-shaped bamboo stick. The melted wax empties out into a bent nozzle and then needs to be refilled. In the best quality work, the stops and starts should not be noticeable. It is a highly skilled job, traditionally carried out by women, time consuming and and most expensive. The most complex multi-colored batik is patterned on both sides and can take up to 6 - 12 months to make.


The sarong is primarily used by women. It is gathered together at the waist in the front, sometimes with a pleat. In the past (and often today) the ritual, occasion or social status still determined the type of batik that was worn.


Very good except for some edge damage. See bottom picture.

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