Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Javanese batik hipcloth (Kain Lepas)

Indonesia, Java, Banyumas, 1930 - 1950
Commercial cotton, natural dyes, hand-drawn (tulis) batik 

The design has the unstudied grace of one of the oldest batik patterns called kawung, here drawn in large ovals in fresh, light mangosteen red, brown and cream, with a dark blue shading around the short edges that creates a 3-dimensional effect. a flowering vine in the signature Banyumas wine-red provides an elegant accent along the end and bottom edge that would be shown when the batik was worn.

Excellent condition: no stains, holes or tears. Smooth, high grade cotton, grown crisp with age.

Length: 106 cm. Width: 253 cm.

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