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Vintage large Javan Batik-wall hanging. Various HIndu Deities

Vintage large Javan Batik-wall hanging. Various HIndu Deities

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Item details: Other
Qty Available:4 in stock
Condition: Vintage
Model: 001-Brown Shiva/002-Blue Buddha 1/ 003-Blue Buddha head 3
Country/Region Of Manufacture: Java

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Javan Batiks –Origins, Methods and History

The word ‘batik’ is a Javanese and translates to mean points or dots. A standard definition of batik is that it is a way of colouring fabric with successions of dye baths, producing a design by using wax to resist the cloth, creating intricate designs.

The process seems to have evolved on several continents as long ago as several thousand years. Antique pieces have been found in present day China, India, Egypt, Peru, Indonesia as well as places in the Middle East. The exact birthplace of Batik, is unknown, but it is most prevalent on the Indonesian Island of Java, where all aspects of the art-form have religious and historical significance. It was believed that when the art form was introduced there, batik belonged to the privileged. It was a ‘hobby’ for the ‘fine ladies’ of the time, although the messy work of waxing and dyeing cloth was probably left to the court artisans who worked for them. The ability to make exquisite batik was considered a sign of refinement. It first appeared in costumes of aristocrats and royalty. Sometimes, a certain design identified a person’s social status or origin, and specific patterns had special meanings.

Traditionally, deep indigo and brown dyes were used. At first Indonesian artists used only the natural cotton so the cloth was white and originally represented three Hindu Gods (the God Shiva, symbolising righteousness) and Vishnu, symbolising Wisdom. Legend says that the brown dye representing the God, Brahman, symbolising strength), made from mango bark, came into use after soldiers returning from battle with blood-stained batik cloth.

Traditional Indonesian batik is created using tree resin, insect wax, coconut oil, paraffin or old recycled wax. These materials were combined indifferent proportions and each formula is used to create different effects.

There is considerable demand for this high quality cloth. It is very durable and more colour-fast than printed fabrics as a result of the dying process. The fabric absorbs the colour so well that it will not easily fade.


Description: Unframed Hindu Deity: Shiva/ Buddha

Blue Buddha 173cm x 96cm
Blue Buddha head 135cm x 94cm
Brown Shiva 137cm x 93cm
Brown Buddha 169cm x 96cm

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