Kain Usap

Kepala (front) side

Another harbour city of the north-east coast Tuban has maintained a more traditional style partly using local cotton and dyes.

North coast of Java

Balinese with geringsing sarong, picture taken in 1977 in Tenganan

Kamben cepuk, ceremonial textile, Bali or Lombok island

Bali produces many textiles, but one of the most prestgious one being the Geringsing (see) of Tenganan (see), Tenganan is a small village south east of Bali, the only place in South East Asia  which has a tradition of double ikat (weft and warp ikat combined). Geringsing are highly symbolic, sophisticated, and very precious pieces of clothing.

Kain panjang Pagi Sore =  two designs combined one for the morning - one fore the afternoon.

Two slendang

Sulawesi songket

Back side

Below 3 parang.  On kain panjang, the use of some parang motifs was restricted to the courts of Jogjakarta and Solo.

Young unmarried girls from Tenganan wearing geringsing cloths  Source

A very Rich cultural Heritage, 

The more traditional Central Java

Sulawesi (ex Celebes) has a very rich variety of exquisite textiles (some examples)

Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi

Below 4 signed batik tulis of the North Coast

Below several geometric.pattern

Antiques and Art in Indonesia

The batik of the north coast harbour cities for example Cirebon, Pekalongan, Lasem, Kudus, have had much greater outside influences than those of Central Java. These cities had large wealthy Indo-European and Indo-Chinese populations which appreciated more colourful textiles. This became possible after the gradual introduction of synthetic dyes end of the 19th C.  Below some pieces with enlarged details.

Below sarongs for daily use from the 80's.

Batik is undoubtedly the best known Indonesian textile. Although batik has been made in several parts of the world, it is in Java that it has achieved such a high degree of sophistication and perfection. The variety of designs and patterns is almost infinite. Each hand painted batik ( batik tulis) is unique.

To know more about batik, a short description on the Austrlian Museum site can be a first step into the fascinating world of batik techniques, designs and symbols.

The purpose of this page is to show some batik pieces (sarong, kain panjang and selendang) acquired or received in the 70's-early 80's. The majority are batik tulis, some on primissima quality coton, some signed and the majority made in the first half of the 20th C. The enlargements show the incredible details of each piece.