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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

batik fabric
Date: 20th Century
Dimensions: 208 x 138 cm (81 7/8 x 54 5/16 in.)
Medium: cotton
Made in: Indonesia
Description: This item displays one of the most important Javanese batik patterns - the "tampal" or patchwork design. The design field is divided into shapes with each shape filled by an individual pattern. This pattern may have its origin in the patched clothing worn by Buddhist monks as an outward expression of poverty. The patterning is executed in different combinations of brown, white and black, and bordered along all four edges by an alternating striped pattern. It is self fringed along each edge.
Inv. No.: 278

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