Image: Indonesian Textile E74755C

Indonesian Textile E74755C

Detail of traditional batik cloth from Yogyakarta in Central Java, a sarong for women. The Yogyakarta pattern features the parang rusak (broken knife or dagger) motif, a symbol of justice and power. Traditionally this design, particularly during the 18th century, was considered one of the forbidden designs and its use was restricted to the Sultan and his close relatives; commoners were strictly forbidden from wearing it.

Luisa Garfoot
© Australian Museum

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