Batik skirtcloth

This skirtcloth features floral and highly stylised zoomorphic centrefield motifs with ‘tumpal’ (triangular) motif at the two ends. It is an example of a batik piece from Jambi whereby the colour schemes are mostly indigo blue as well as red. They are also well known for a certain golden yellow shade, said to resemble from a distance, the effect of ‘perada’ gilding that has become a defining characteristic of some Jambi cloths. The generally conservative colour schemes and designs relate closely to both Indian trade textile designs from the 17th and 18th century as well as Javanese influences from the 19th century.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Jambi, southern Sumatra
Dimension
Gross measurement: 108 x 236 cm
Accession No.
2010-00709
Material
cotton
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories