Pesisir Batik (Juwana/Rembang)

Indonesia, Java, Juana or Rembang
Woman’s Hip Wrapper (Sarung Lok Can), circa 1930
Textile, Hand-drawn wax resist (batik) on machine-woven silk, natural dyes, 38 x 63 1/4 in. (96.5 x 160.5 cm)
Inger McCabe Elliott Collection (M.91.184.550)

Although this type of batik was used on the pesisir, most were exported to the Lampung area of southern Sumatra and to Bali, where they functioned as dancer’s costumes (de Zoete & Spies, 1973). Speedly executed batik work was less important to the Balinese than the silk base.

de Zoete, B., & Spies, W. (1973). Dance and Drama in Bali. (Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press).

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