Waist Cloth

waist cloth

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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Waist Cloth
Local Name: kain pagi sore
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Northern Java
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1929
Dimensions: L 254 cm x W 105 cm
Materials: Cotton; plant dye
Techniques: Batik; resist dyed; dyed; plain woven
ID Number: T89.0143
Credit: Gift of Hunter Thompson

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.