Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake's Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java PDF

By Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake

First released in 1984; this electronic version published in 2013

Batik: Fabled textile of Java is a luxurious, vintage publication, richly illustrated with colour plates of the best vintage and modern batik from thirty museums and personal collections all over the world. It comprises ancient pictures, etchings, engravings, maps and images of contemporary Java.


"This is THE publication on batik, a useful appreciation of a vanishing artwork, a must-have for a person attracted to textiles."—Diane von Furstenberg

"I first came across batik again within the overdue sixties during the eyes of Inger McCabe Elliott. through the years I've revisited this notable paintings in all its richness and creativity. it's going to constantly be an excellent resource of notion to me."—Oscar de los angeles Renta

"A publication for students and architects alike. With its appealing photos and wealthy ancient textual content, Batik: Fabled fabric of Java conveys the magic of a different and unique art."—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

"I go away the ebook open on a desk to show on a daily basis to a different web page, to be absorbed within the visible delights of colour and layout, and to find an power that merely good looks may give. This ebook is a part of my life."—Gloria Vanderbilt

Inger McCabe Elliott is a student, photographer, clothier and entrepreneur. Her photos are in New York's Museum of contemporary artwork and her fabric assortment, textile of attraction was once nationally exhibited.

Brian Brake's images were featured in magazines and museums world wide.

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With the unrelenting Javanese humidity and the unremittent vapors of molten wax, air hangs heavy in these factories, whose dirt floors are often muddied by rain. Women sit barefoot on mats or low stools, huddling in small circles around pans of heated wax, sharing the contents. Six days a week, they work from dawn to midafternoon for the equivalent of eighty cents to one dollar and fifty cents a day, about what it costs to feed a family. They range in age from ten to seventy, and they are considered no more than common laborers.

A sarong has a "body," or badan, and a "head," or kepala. The badan is about threequarters the length of the sarong. The kepala is a wide perpendicular band, usually in the middle or at the end of the sarong. Sometimes the kepala has two rows of equilateral triangles running down each side with the points of the triangles facing each other, much like a backgammon board; this design is called a tumpal The dodot, made by sewing two lengths of batik together, is a prerogative of royalty; dodots are usually worn only by the sultan, a bride or groom, or dancers at the courts, and are usually of unsurpassed quality.

The elephant . . was as high as two men one on top of the other. . History says that this king was able to gather several thousand armed men ready for war within 24 hours. . After the Dutch men had rendered to him the proper honor . , [he] showed them his magnificence and majesty. he influence of the Chinese on Javanese batik was as profound as that of the Muslims, the Buddhists, and the Hindus. Trading such prestigious commodities as silk and porcelain for Java's textiles—not to mention its birds' nests—the Chinese had long been doing business in the area.

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