Batik M.P. Soediro

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Hand-drawn wax resist batik on machine woven cotton, natural dyes, Pekalongan, circa 1900  

Batik Belanda is an Indonesian batik heritage which was heavily influenced by the Indo-European’s culture in the Dutch East Indies. Initially, these batiks were only worn by the Indo-dutch women. Later, they were also popular among the wealthy Chinese Peranakan women and the Javanese Nobilities.

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M.P. Soediro waxed signature

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M.P. Soediro stamped signature

Raden Mas Padmo Soediro was a Javanese nobleman who initially worked for Eliza van Zuylen husband, Alphons. from Eliza, he and his wife learned the process of batik making and started their own batik workshop in the late 19th Century.

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This parang motif was once forbidden to be used by ordinary people

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The head of the batik

In the early 20th Century Raden Mas Padmo Soediro rose among the ranks of well known “batik belanda” makers. His batiks were sold mainly to the Javanese noblewomen. This particular batik has a bouquet of flower and butterflies as the head of the batik’s motif and a variation of parang as the body’s motif. Parang motif was once reserved only for the Royal courts of Jogjakarta and Surakarta.

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Lace motif that was popular among the Indonesian-Dutch community in the Dutch East Indies

For similar batik see : Troopenmuseum (n.d.). Katoenen kokerrok door M.P.Soediro met bloemen en diagonale banen met bekend geometrisch motief. Retrieved from http://collectie.wereldculturen.nl/Default.aspx?ccid=170234&lang=

 

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