Fowler in Focus: Courtly and Urban Batik from Java
May 23 - September 5, 2010
Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles
Drawn from the Fowler Museum’s extensive holdings of Indonesian textiles, these eleven beautiful textiles offer fine examples of both courtly and urban batik from Java. The two contrasting styles equally testify to the remarkable free-form artistry that is the hallmark of fine hand-waxed batik.
Refined batiks from Java’s royal courts were highly localized cultural expressions made and used within the immediate neighborhood of the palace. In contrast, more brightly colored batiks made in urban workshops in the island's North Coast trading ports demonstrate the highly cosmopolitan nature of those communities, serving such diverse purposes as Islamic banners for the Sumatran market or altar cloths for Java's Chinese residents.
This exhibition has been developed as a companion to the major exhibition Nini Towok’s Spinning Wheel: Cloth and the Cycle of Life in Kerek, Java (on view August 1–November 30, 2010).
For more information, please visit the Fowler Museum's website.