Tjanting, Javanese batik tool, 1914

Tjanting, Javanese batik tool, 1914

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tjanting
date made
1914
ca. 1914
1894-1914
place made
Indonesia: Javanese
Physical Description
bamboo, copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 1 in; 15.24 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
TE.T04328.000
catalog number
T04328.00A
accession number
67243
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Javanese Batiks
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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