BATIK BALANDA (SECTION). JAVA, C 1920, COTTON. COURTESY RUDOLF SMEND COLLECTION, COLOGNE – TAASA Review March 2011
inhabitants’ ethnicities and textile traditions are quite different.
So the questions are: what was the impetus for such radical changes to traditional motifs in each region at that time and what connection was there between Java and Cambodia in this regard? Batik-patterned cloth has been made in Java for centuries.
Patterns on court batiks, those of the inland principalities, are traditionally conservative but from the mid-19th century, boldly innovative patterns began to appear...