Item Records

This page shows all the information we have about this item. Both the institution that physically holds this item, and RRN members have contributed the knowledge on this page. You’re looking at the item record provided by the holding institution. If you scroll further down the page, you’ll see the information from RRN members, and can share your own knowledge too.

The RRN processes the information it receives from each institution to make it more readable and easier to search. If you’re doing in-depth research on this item, be sure to take a look at the Data Source tab to see the information exactly as it was provided by the institution.

These records are easy to share because each has a unique web address. You can copy and paste the location from your browser’s address bar into an email, word document, or chat message to share this item with others.

  • Data
  • Data Source

This information was automatically generated from data provided by MOA: University of British Columbia. It has been standardized to aid in finding and grouping information within the RRN. Accuracy and meaning should be verified from the Data Source tab.


Scarf made of light brown silk with a batik design in brown and black of birds with long tail feathers forming designs, animal figures, floral and vegetal motifs and parallel lines at each end. The long sides are selvedges and the cut ends, finished with black thread, have twisted thin black fringes. Cut and stitched with white thread at the centre of the scarf.

History Of Use

Originally batik was court art because was a domestic occupation of female nobility. Certain patterns reserved only for court use. Similar object of cotton would be used as baby carriers, or shoulder bags. Silk ones worn over one shoulder by upper class women. Worn by both sexes. Shoulder scarves worn by women are called slendang. Batik began as domestic occupation now important industry. Batiks with light background colour is more expensive because they take more work of covering the ground, is slower, and consumes more wax. Women use old method of hand-stick batik while men use copper blocks and can produce up to twenty to forty scarves a day. Dyeing by hand still done. Old method more uneven that new one, but old method produced batik is more expensive and less available. New method of copper blocks (tjab) was introduced mid 19th century.

Cultural Context

clothing; decoration; ceremonial

Item History

With an account, you can ask other users a question about this item. Request an Account

With an account, you can submit information about this item and have it visible to all users and institutions on the RRN. Request an Account

Similar Items