The Sarong is a length of cloth that is sewn together at the ends to form a tube. The wearer then steps into the tube and by folding the excess cloth over itself, tightens the tube into a skirt. Sarongs were commonly made from batik textiles, where plain woven fabric is decorated using molten wax applied or drawn onto the cloth. After successive applications of wax and dye, intricate patterns and designs can be created. This piece is decorated with motifs of flowers of varied colours, birds and butterflies. Butterflies are symbols of joy, beauty and romance. Butterflies and flowers together can also happiness and faithfulness in the marriage. The lighter areas of this piece are filled with regular geometrical patterns as background as compared to the well spaced out floral designs on the darker areas of the textile.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Manado, Indonesian Archipelago
Gross measurement: 104.3 x 99 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Father Robbie Wowor in memory of grandmother, Mrs Tan Tjien Sian née Tjoa Soan Tjoe Nio. Manado, Indonesia
Garments and Accessories