Commercial cotton and dye, hand-drawn batik (tulis)
Batik Tulisan Arab (or Batik Kaligrafi) developed on the north-eastern coast of Java and in Sumatra as a type of sacred cloth with talismanic power. The birds are a convention of this type of batik, apparently growing out of and metamorphosing from calligraphic script. However, less important than the content of the script is the text itself—Kerlogue writes that those who are not able to read it are still able to recognize the power and presence of Allah in the inscription, and the beauty and skill with which the calligraphy is embellished expresses the reverence in which the Word is held. In this sense, the calligraphic motifs served not as communication but as a symbolic affirmation of faith (124 - 135).
The piece is in excellent condition, with no stains, tears or holes. The blue is dark, and the white is creamy beige. The cotton is soft and fine.
Width: 220 cm. Length: 112 cm.
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