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By Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake

First released in 1984; this electronic version published in 2013

Batik: Fabled fabric of Java is a luxurious, vintage booklet, richly illustrated with colour plates of the best vintage and modern batik from thirty museums and personal collections all over the world. It contains old photos, etchings, engravings, maps and images of contemporary Java.


"This is THE publication on batik, a useful appreciation of a vanishing artwork, a must-have for somebody attracted to textiles."—Diane von Furstenberg

"I first came upon batik again within the overdue sixties in the course of the eyes of Inger McCabe Elliott. through the years I've revisited this amazing paintings in all its richness and creativity. it's going to consistently be an outstanding resource of notion to me."—Oscar de l. a. Renta

"A ebook for students and architects alike. With its appealing images and wealthy ancient textual content, Batik: Fabled textile of Java conveys the magic of a special and unique art."—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

"I depart the e-book open on a desk to show each day to a different web page, to be absorbed within the visible delights of colour and layout, and to find an power that simply good looks may give. This ebook is a part of my life."—Gloria Vanderbilt

Inger McCabe Elliott is a pupil, photographer, clothier and entrepreneur. Her photos are in New York's Museum of recent artwork and her cloth assortment, cloth of appeal used to be nationally exhibited.

Brian Brake's images were featured in magazines and museums all over the world.

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For example, if the desired design is a red flower on a blue background, wax is first applied to the area that will become the flower. The white cloth is then immersed in blue dye and dried. After drying, the wax which covered the flower pattern is scraped from the cloth. Because the wax resisted the blue dye, there is now a white flower on a blue background. To make the flower red, the blue background is then covered with wax and the entire cloth is immersed in red dye. When the wax is scraped from the cloth for a second time, a red flower emerges on a blue background.

In a tropical, humid climate such as Java, batik was ideal. As a costume, it was ingenious because batik demanded no zippers, buttons, or pins. ). A sarong has a "body," or badan, and a "head," or kepala. The badan is about threequarters the length of the sarong. The kepala is a wide perpendicular band, usually in the middle or at the end of the sarong. Sometimes the kepala has two rows of equilateral triangles running down each side with the points of the triangles facing each other, much like a backgammon board; this design is called a tumpal The dodot, made by sewing two lengths of batik together, is a prerogative of royalty; dodots are usually worn only by the sultan, a bride or groom, or dancers at the courts, and are usually of unsurpassed quality.

Often the perimeter has finely drawn stripes, imitating a real fringe. A kemben is a "breast cloth," which is a narrow batik wrapped around the upper part of the body used to secure a kain or sarong. It is worn instead of a kebaya (a long-sleeved blouse usually decorated with lace and embroidery) or sometimes under the kebaya. Kain Panjang Pagi-Sore Sarong 34 Selendang Iket Kepala Iket Kepala Kemben Dodot Kain Panjang 35 Cotton for Sale—and to Wear C otton had been grown and spun in India for five thousand years, and by the middle of the fourteenth century it was probably the most important medium of exchange among Muslim, Hindu, and Arab traders.

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