Javanese batik piano runner for the western market, 1915


Javanese batik piano runner for the western market, 1915. Long narrow cotton rectangle, batiked with a repeating pattern of garuda bird wings against a densely patterned ground of plant forms. Triple borders on all four sides:geometric, scrolling vine, and outer border of plain dark blue. 47" L x 6" W. Original cataloging identifies the design as "Pesi keorsen." brown and indigo blue, white details. Price listed on the catalog card as: 6F., $2.40. An example of the use of traditional Javanese technique and patterning for a form meant for the European or Western trade. One of 22 finished batik textiles, together with 14 process samples, made by prisoners in Java for exhibition at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Purchased by the US National Museum for the Division of Textiles from the Netherlands East Indies Commission at the close of the Exposition.

Date Made: 1914-1915

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Indonesia: Javanese

Related Event: Panama-Pacific International Exposition


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Javanese Batiks, Textiles


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T02936.000Catalog Number: T02936.000Accession Number: 59191

Object Name: Fabric, Printed, Batikpiano runner, batik

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)plain weave, batik (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 47 in x 6 in; 119.38 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_627067

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