Batik dress of Java

Wronska-Friend, Maria (2010) Batik dress of Java. In: Dhamija, Jasleen, (ed.) South Asia and Southeast Asia. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, 4 . Berg, Oxford, UK, pp. 441-447.

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Abstract

Batik—a wax-resist dyeing technique used to produce a range of traditional garments, is a prominent feature of Javanese culture. Each of the major ethnic groups living on the island—Javanese, Sundanese, Chinese, Eurasian, and Arab, used batik textiles as markers of their identity and social status, which resulted in the development of several regional and ethnic styles. At the same time complex iconography, rich symbolic language, and the high accomplishment required to produce many of these textiles gave batik cloth the recognition of being a major form of Javanese visual arts. Some of the designs, which are vested with special powers or represent the cosmic order, have been restricted to the personal use of the rulers at the courts of Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Following the creation of an independent Republic of Indonesia in 1945, batik received the status of a national textile and was also introduced to other parts of the country. In the 1970s, the first attempts were made to introduce high-quality batik into Indonesian haute couture and to launch Javanese textiles on the international fashion scene. The initiator of this movement is Iwan Tirta, who found many followers among the younger generation of Indonesian designers.

Item ID: 16913
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: textiles, dress, Asia
ISBN: 978-1-84788-393-3
Date Deposited: 08 May 2011 23:17
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169903 Studies of Asian Society @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 50%
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