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Batik Sample

Type: Yarn, Fabric and Fabric Finishing Material
Object Name: Batik Sample
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java, Jawa Tengah
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1920 - 1930
Dimensions: L 30 cm x W 26 cm
Materials: Cotton; indigo dye
Techniques: Batik
ID Number: T84.0200n
Credit: Gift of Aris Slesers

Indonesians, especially the Javanese, are regarded as the world’s foremost practitioners of batik – a resist-patterning technique. Hot wax is painted or stamped on cloth, which is then dipped in vats of dye. The wax blocks the dye from the patterned areas, and subsequent applications create the multi-coloured cloth.