Sarong

Made from natural dyes of brown, the kepala (head) section of this sarong is decorated with western floral sprays against a banji/swastika background. Diagonal floral motifs decorate the badan (body). This piece is signed by J.Jans, a renowned European batik-maker of the late 19th century. This sarong would have been worn with an open jacket known as the kebaya. Batik belanda (Dutch) was popular with Eurasians in the Dutch East Indies from the mid 19th century and later with nyonyas as well. They were made between 1840-1940. Peranakan ladies wore batik skirtcloths of two formats: a tubeskirt (kain sarong) or skirtcloth (kain panjang). These were made mostly by Chinese, Eurasian or Arab batik makers on the north coast of Java in towns such as Lasem, Pekalongan and Cirebon.

Artist Name
J.Jans
Date/Period
ca. 1888
Region
Pekalongan, Central Java
Dimension
Gross measurement: 105.5 x 106.0 cm
Accession No.
2018-01125
Material
Cotton (drawn batik)
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Textiles