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Head Cloth

Type: Clothing - Headwear
Object Name: Head Cloth
Local Name: kain kepala
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1930 - 1970
Dimensions: L 105 cm x W 104 cm
Materials: Cotton
Techniques: Batik
ID Number: T95.0041
Credit: Gift of Klaas Van Graft

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.