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Wall Hanging

Type: For Windows, Doors and Walls
Object Name: Wall Hanging
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java, Jawa Tengah
Period: Late 19th to early 20th century
Date: c 1900
Dimensions: L 132 cm x W 71 cm
Materials: Cotton
Techniques: Batik; resist dyed; dyed; block printed; printed
ID Number: T94.0591
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

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.