Tjanting, Javanese batik tool, 1914


Tjanting, Javanese batik tool, 1914. The tjanting is a pen-shaped tool used to draw a design with melted wax on cloth; for batik, or wax-resist dyeing. This example has a short tubular handle with a copper applicator tip. The handle is bamboo, and protects the worker from the hot wax. The tip is both a reservoir for the melted wax and a thin hollow spout through which the wax is drawn onto the cloth. The price in Java in 1921, when this group of objects was purchased, was 5 cents, according to the accession file. Accompanied a group of 6 batiks purchased from a Washington DC collector in 1921. The file indicates that the collector had acquired the pieces in Java either in 1894 or 1914.

Date Made: 1914ca. 19141894-1914

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Indonesia: Javanese

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


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T04328.000Catalog Number: T04328.00AAccession Number: 67243

Object Name: tjanting

Physical Description: bamboo, copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 in x 1 in; 15.24 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_627313

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