Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java by Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake

By Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake

First released in 1984; this electronic variation published in 2013

Batik: Fabled textile of Java is a luxurious, vintage publication, richly illustrated with colour plates of the best vintage and modern batik from thirty museums and personal collections worldwide. It contains ancient photos, etchings, engravings, maps and pictures of recent Java.


"This is THE e-book on batik, a useful appreciation of a vanishing artwork, a must-have for an individual drawn to textiles."—Diane von Furstenberg

"I first chanced on batik again within the overdue sixties in the course of the eyes of Inger McCabe Elliott. through the years I've revisited this impressive paintings in all its richness and creativity. it's going to constantly be an excellent resource of concept to me."—Oscar de los angeles Renta

"A booklet for students and architects alike. With its appealing photos and wealthy historic textual content, Batik: Fabled textile of Java conveys the magic of a distinct and unique art."—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

"I go away the booklet open on a desk to show each day to a different web page, to be absorbed within the visible delights of colour and layout, and to find an power that in basic terms attractiveness may give. This booklet is a part of my life."—Gloria Vanderbilt

Inger McCabe Elliott is a student, photographer, fashion designer and entrepreneur. Her pictures are in New York's Museum of recent artwork and her fabric assortment, textile of appeal used to be nationally exhibited.

Brian Brake's photos were featured in magazines and museums world wide.

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Six days a week, they work from dawn to midafternoon for the equivalent of eighty cents to one dollar and fifty cents a day, about what it costs to feed a family. They range in age from ten to seventy, and they are considered no more than common laborers. From such sweatshop conditions come some of the most splendid textiles in the world. In every true batik, wax is painstakingly applied to the cloth to resist successive dyes so that wherever the cloth is waxed, dyes cannot penetrate. For example, if the desired design is a red flower on a blue background, wax is first applied to the area that will become the flower.

With the northern cities already decimated, Mataram's ruler, Sultan Agung, decided that the time was ripe to strike. Japara, Gresik, Cirebon, Tuban, Madura, and Surabaya all fell. The devastation was frightful. The environs of Surabaya were completely laid waste, so that famine and loss of life forced the city to capitulate. Forty thousand Madurese were carried off prisoner to Java. . Countless inhabitants of the coastal centers took refuge on other shores. The coast of northern Java was never to recover from such wanton destruction.

Because the composition of the wax mixture affects the appearance of the finished product, the recipe varies according to the type of design, and the proportions are always a well-guarded secret. Mrs. Oey SoeTjoenofKedungwuni, for example, believes the beauty of her exquisitely detailed designs is due to her wax recipe: the ingredients are known to many, the proportions only to her. " Combining the finest designs with the best cottons, tulis is the most time-consuming, expensive, and highly prized batik.

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