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Waist Cloth

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Waist Cloth
Local Name: kain pagi sore
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java
Period: 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1999
Dimensions: L 105 cm x W 120 cm
Materials: Cotton
Techniques: Batik
ID Number: T04.34.26
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. In Java, a kain is generally considered more formal than a sarong. Both are worn as wrapped clothing. This kain features pagi soré (morning and evening) design, with two related yet distinct patterns on each half of the fabric. Depending on how it is draped around the waist and lower body, it can appear to be two different garments.