Sash (Selendang)

Sash (Selendang) is a women’s scarf that is worn over the hair during high holidays or family celebrations (weddings, circumcisions and funerals). This piece was made with the batik tulis technique, which uses a spouted wax can called a tjanting.

The ornamentation in this Javanese cloth shows strong influences from the composition of Indian chintz textiles, especially the tree of life motif with open, variegated blossoms.



Selendang (sash), Lasem/North Java
Property of Rudolf Smend, Germany

Age: 1900-1910
Format: 62 x 200 cm (approx. 2‘ x 6‘ 7“)
Warp and weft: cotton
Dyeing technique: Batik tulis with natural dyes

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