Image: Indonesian Textile E89685A
This ‘Batik Tulis' or hand-drawn batik cloth was designed and made for sale by the atelier Oey Tiang Lok from Solo, Central Java. Oey Tiang Lok sold batik textiles to the ‘Palace’ in Jakarta and other influential people. The design of this piece uses the ‘Tumpal’ or triangle pattern on the border, along with a traditional 'naga tapa' or ‘nagasasra' - a dragon motif, which, according to Javanese and Chinese symbolism, is related to rain and nourishing water, both metaphors for abundance. This design was used specifically on dowry cloths to express wishes for prosperity and numerous offspring. Size: 244 x 103cm.
- Luisa Garfoot
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