Waist Cloth

waist cloth

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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Waist Cloth
Local Name: kain panjang
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Java, Jawa Tengah
Period: Early 20th century
Date: c 1920
Dimensions: L 245 cm x W 104 cm
Materials: Cotton; plant dye
Techniques: Batik; resist dyed; dyed; plain woven
ID Number: T94.0589
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.