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Waist Cloth

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Waist Cloth
Local Name: kain panjang
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java
Period: Mid to late 20th century
Date: 1960 - 1990
Dimensions: L 252 cm x W 106 cm
Materials: Cotton
Techniques: Plain woven; batik
ID Number: T04.34.30
Credit: Gift of Barbara Barde

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.