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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
A comprehensive and richly illustrated survey of batik, a glorious textile
art and popular Indonesian cloth. Every aspect of batik is rich in symbolism:
its colors, motifs, and designs, as well as the way it is made, folded, and
worn. Formerly a family and tribal signifier, and then a symbol of Indonesian
independence and identity, it is now a fabric in demand all over the world.
Fiona Kerlogue explores the origins of batik in the Indonesian archipelago; the
materials and methods of production; regional traditions and differences;
motifs and symbolism, including Malay, Chinese, and Islamic meanings; modern
influences, such as industrialization, war, and independence; batik as
traditional and modern costume; and batik as an art form. An illustrated index
of motifs and their meanings, glossary, bibliography, and international listing
of batik collections complete this authoritative yet accessible work. 205
illustrations, 168 in full color