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Monday, October 12, 2009

Antik Batik

We've just posted a page of eye candy from Java and Sumatra: antique and vintage batiks in luscious colors, rich pattern, and a variety of prices. The one pictured above is a 'Hokokai' that was made during the Japanese occupation of 1942-5. These batik cloths were made when cotton was scarce and had to be brought in from Japan. Ours exemplifies the use of contrasting floral and geometric patterns in unusual color combinations. Drawn by hand ('tulis'), the wild pattern belies the seriousness of the times. Check out our page for more examples of this exuberant textile art.

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