EVENING BATIK COAT OF SILK VELVET, MARGUERITE PANGON, PARIS c.1920. POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEY – TAASA Review March 2018

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produced in Dutch factories.

He promoted them also as a cloth for fashionable garments, worn by his family and friends ­ usually the members of the German artistic and financial elite.

This way, the Dutch factorymade imitations of batik fabrics, destined for the lower strata of Indonesian society for whom real batik was too expensive, became a fashionable fabric for exclusive garments of the German upper class. The precursor of the batik technique in French haute couture was Paul Poiret...