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.
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