Image: Indonesian Textile E74826B

Indonesian Textile E74826B

This batik cloth was made in approximately 1972 in Bandung, West Java, and is an example of printed batik, rather than dyed through traditional batik process. The pattern resembles that of a traditional Javanese kawung design of geometric circles, representing flowers or petals. However, here flowers are more realistic. The motif consists of four circle focused on a point, symbolizing a king assisted by his servants. Kawung design batik was worn by a king and his family. It signifies justice and power.


Batik – the word is of Javanese and Indonesian origin and describes the coloured fabric and process of producing patterns by using fabric dyes and wax in the creation of the design. Multi-coloured batik allows for the production of complex patterns, akin to paintings.

Luisa Garfoot
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