New PDF release: Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java

By Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake

First released in 1984; this electronic variation published in 2013

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


"This is THE ebook on batik, a useful appreciation of a vanishing artwork, essential for an individual drawn to textiles."—Diane von Furstenberg

"I first found batik again within the past due sixties during the eyes of Inger McCabe Elliott. through the years I've revisited this striking paintings in all its richness and creativity. it is going to constantly be a very good resource of idea to me."—Oscar de l. a. Renta

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

"I depart the publication open on a desk to show each day to a different web page, to be absorbed within the visible delights of colour and layout, and to find an power that in simple terms good looks may give. This publication is a part of my life."—Gloria Vanderbilt

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

Brian Brake's photos were featured in magazines and museums all over the world.

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No Dogs or Inlanders" was not an uncommon sign in public places. Dutch schools were closed to non-Dutch; land could be bought only by the Dutch. Although slavery was finally abolished in 1860, and a civil service was established along with some educational reforms, life for the people of Java continued grimly. Nevertheless, profound changes were taking place beneath the surface. Between 1815 and 1860, the pop- An 1855 lithograph entitled A Native School in the Kampung. Javanese village life is still much the same, more than a century later.

This simplest of tools is not found in any other batik region in the world. The canting works much like a fountain pen. It has a bamboo or reed handle, about six inches long, with a small, thin copper cup from which a tiny pipe protrudes. ) A woman holds the canting by its bamboo handle, scooping up the heated wax and blowing through the tip of the pipe to keep the wax fluid. Then, using the canting's pipe as a pen, she draws the design on the fabric, outlining with wax instead of ink. Centuries ago, cotton resembling coarse homespun was grown, spun, and woven in Java.

The labor required to produce handspun cloth limited the production of locally woven goods. Seven hours of continuous labor were required to produce one meter of cloth on a traditional Javanese loom, and this work, as well as the spinning of yarn, was done by women. The women of the family should provide the men with the cloths necessary for their apparel and from the first consort to the sovereign to the wife of the lowest peasant, the same rule is observed. In every cottage there is a spinning wheel and a loom, and in all ranks a man is accustomed to pride himself on [the] beauty of cloth woven by either his wife, mistress, or daughter.

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