Javanese batik piano runner for the western market, 1915

Javanese batik piano runner for the western market, 1915

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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.
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Object Name
Fabric, Printed, Batik
piano runner, batik
date made
place made
Indonesia: Javanese
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
plain weave, batik (overall production method/technique)
overall: 47 in x 6 in; 119.38 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Panama-Pacific International Exposition
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Javanese Batiks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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