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cotton, dyes
209.0 × 223.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Java, Indonesia
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Milton Osborne, 2006
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The textile is an example of a hand-patterned, batik fabric. The design, known as parang rusak, is created by the use of wax, drawn or stamped onto the cloth by hand, that resists the dye. The combination of resisted areas with successive applications of wax and immersion in different dye baths, produces a multi-coloured, patterned cloth. This cloth is dyed with synthetic dyes, which have been used in Indonesia since the late nineteenth century, and is inscribed in one corner with the words ‘Danar Hadi’.