The Masterpieces of Batik Peranakan Made by Oeij Siok Kiem Workshop

Oeij Siok Kiem (Indonesia, Java)
Woman’s Hip Wrapper (Kain Panjang Pagi Sore), circa 1950
Textile, Hand-drawn wax resist (batik) on machine-woven cotton, synthetic dyes, waxed signature, 41 7/8 x 99 5/8 in. (106.5 x 253 cm)
Inger McCabe Elliott Collection (M.91.184.230)

Another example of the Djawa baroe style, this glazed cloth must have been as eye-catcher when it was worn for festive occasions by its Peranakan owner, a middle-aged woman of ample girth and means. The intricately decorated flowers, the riot colors, and the elaborate backgrounds all express opulance.

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