Haji Ahmad Pesisir Batik

Haji Achmad (Indonesia, Java)
Woman’s Hip Wrapper (Sarung), circa 1930-circa 1940
Textile, Stamped wax resist (batik) on machine-woven cotton, synthetic dyes, stamped signature, 41 1/2 x 74 3/8 in. (105.4 x 188.9 cm)
Inger McCabe Elliott Collection (M.91.184.558)

The playing of bridge of whist at the club (Societet) was considered a modern and slightly frivolous pastime for emanctipated women of the upper strata of the European and Indo-European communities. If a particular game was illustrated here, it is no longer possible to say what it was. The grapes may indicate another activity indulged in by women in the club, the drinking of wine. This rather inexpensive cloth may have been worn by those who were not actually included in these social activities but wanted to present themselves as associated with ruling class.

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