Batik: From the Courts of Java and Sumatra
Rudolf G. Smend, Donald John Harper, Donald Harper, Brigitte Khan Majlis, Leo Haks, Harmen C. Veldhuisen
Periplus Editions (HK) Limited, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 96 pages
Batik occupies a special position in Indonesia's history and culture. The extraordinary photographs of cloths and prints in this book demonstrate why batik is the stuff of textile legend. These 71 batik designs, taken from the collection of famed dealer Rudolf G. Smend, date from 1880-1930, a time still considered batik's golden age. Complementing these extraordinary cloths are 16 vintage photo prints from the Leo Haks collection, which demonstrate how batik was worn at court and in other settings.
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