Indonesia, Java, Lasem, Kudus or Demak, and Solo (Surakarta)
Woman’s Hip Wrapper (Kain Pagi Sore, Kain Tiga Negeri), circa 1930-circa 1935
Textile, Hand-drawn wax resist (batik) on machine-woven cotton, natural and synthetic dyes, 42 x 103 in. (106.7 x 261.5 cm)
Inger McCabe Elliott Collection (M.91.184.310)
The styles of the north coast and central Java were fused completely in this rich cloth. Its complex variety of decorative elements and fillers motifs, executed with fthe finest canting, must have made it a very costly possession for an affluent Peranakan lady of middle age. Originally it may have been part of her dowry or bridal gift of her-in-laws. Even today cloths sucs as this are kept as valuable herlooms by many upper-class Peranakan women.