Ikat Kepala with Gabah Sinawur Pattern
Workshop of W. F. van Lawick van Pabst
The centerfield of this man’s headcloth suggests a lake and the surrounding field shows scattered rice grains (Gabah Sinawur), a symbol of abundance. Worn by high-ranking palace officials, the stitch-resisted diamond would have been very difficult to dye correctly. The piece has a handwritten slip of paper signed “van Lawick van Pabst” stating the price as 10 Dutch guilders—a high price for a headcloth.
Stitch resist, hand-drawn wax resist, vat-dyed on plain-weave cotton
Bureau of the Royal Household, Inv. #213
Yogyakarta, Central Java