A fine breastcloth (kemben) hand-drawn to create a rich, dramatic design in theSemarangan style.
Note the lovely duck motif.
The ceremonial format juxtaposes the cream elongated diamond (tengahan) reserved in the center with a surrounding design of scattered rich and lacquer blossoms and leaves.
The bright turmeric yellow also ukel (swirly) pattern on the background and the blue-red accents is a characteristic of the Semarang style.
The format of this breastcloth with a central reserved section is one of the oldest types of ceremonial ritual court batik;
Kemben with their distinctive central plain coloured lozenge are worn by dancers and women of the Sultan's court as garments which cover the top half of the body.
Estimated to be pre-1930
Has a few tiny holes and stains
60cm x 240cm
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.