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Batik tubular skirt
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This skirt is a significant example of how the Dutch colonial expansion in the East Indies resulted in mutual influence of cultural expression.

History of the Object
Batiks with fairy tales were very popular in the period 1850-1900 in Pekalongan. Because book illustrations were copied and sold to batik factories, identical patterns show up in different factories. Batik tubular skirts like this one were worn only by women belonging to the so-called East Indies (Indische) community.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton 
Measurements
198x107 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Java; Pekalongan 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; circa 1900 
Function
The batik print depicts the European fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood". 
Acquisition
Purchased from a private collector in 1996. The Tropenmuseum has a world-famous batik collection and already had a batik with the story of Cinderella. This purchase was an important addition to the collection. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of KIT Tropenmuseum. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 
Museum
Tropenmuseum 
Credit line
©Tropenmuseum 

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