B R E A S T C LOT H S O F J A V A A N D B ALI Joanna Barrkman – TAASA Review December 2010


This article was originally found in the December 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 20).

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T he Javanese word kemben signifies kain penutup dada wanita, which, translated literally into English, is `cloth used to cover women’s breasts’.

The kemben is a narrow length of cloth, often decorated with intricate motifs, and is usually wrapped from left to right around the torso and breasts.

Once the kemben is evenly wound around the upper body it is secured by being tucked into the waist...