Sarung Hand-drawn wax resist, vat-dyed on plain-weave cotton
The layout and coloring of the kepala and drawing of the phoenix indicate a workshop in Lasem. Inspiration for the “tree” winding upwards from an earthen mound is to be found in the “Tree of Life” motif on Indian trade cloths, while the phoenix comes from China. The yellow background is the result of preparing the cloth by soaking it in castor or candlenut oil.
Hand-drawn wax resist, vat-dyed on plain-weave cotton
Lasem, Coastal Central Java
Bureau of the Royal Household, Inv. #180