Waxed: Batik from Java

September 25, 2016 to September 10, 2017
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Woman's Sarong, 1910, Indonesia: Java, Pekalongan, batik on commercial cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bywaters in memory of Paul and Viola van Katwijk 1982.283Wraparound skirt (kain panjang): cloud design (megamendung), c. 1910, Indonesia: Java, Cirebon, handdrawn batik on commercially woven cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, Textile Purchase Fund, 1991.58Cap, 20th century, Indonesia, Java, copper, iron, and wax residue, Dallas Museum of Art, Textile Purchase Fund, 2016.12.3Headcloth with composite plant design (semen), 1920–1929, Indonesia: Central Java, cotton, batik, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Silas R. Mountsier III from the collection of Nora E. H. Wise and in her honor, 1994.293Woman's Kain Panjang (Skirt Cloth), 1930, Indonesia: Java, north coast, batik on commercial cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bywaters in memory of Paul and Viola van Katwijk, 1982.284

Drawn from the DMA’s collection, Waxed: Batik from Java presents a selection of Javanese batik made in the West and Central regions, where the main batik production was centered during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Batik is a wax-resist process for dye-decorating cloth. In Indonesia, batik is especially associated with the island of Java.

The DMA batik collection was established in 1982 with a gift of eight cloths that were collected before 1930. They were donated by Jerry Bywaters, DMA Director from 1946 to 1964, and his wife, Mary, in memory of Paul and Viola van Katwijk. A second installation of these cloths will be presented in March 2017.

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