By Inger McCabe Elliot, Brian Brake
First released in 1984; this electronic variation published in 2013
Batik: Fabled fabric of Java is a luxurious, vintage publication, richly illustrated with colour plates of the best old and modern batik from thirty museums and personal collections around the globe. It contains historic photos, etchings, engravings, maps and pictures of contemporary Java.
"This is THE e-book on batik, a useful appreciation of a vanishing artwork, essential for somebody attracted to textiles."—Diane von Furstenberg
"I first stumbled on batik again within the past due sixties throughout the eyes of Inger McCabe Elliott. through the years I've revisited this amazing paintings in all its richness and creativity. it is going to consistently be an outstanding resource of idea to me."—Oscar de los angeles Renta
"A publication for students and architects alike. With its appealing photos and wealthy old textual content, Batik: Fabled textile of Java conveys the magic of a different and unique art."—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
"I go away the e-book 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 purely good looks can provide. This booklet is a part of my life."—Gloria Vanderbilt
Inger McCabe Elliott is a student, photographer, clothier and entrepreneur. Her photos are in New York's Museum of recent paintings and her fabric assortment, cloth of appeal was once nationally exhibited.
Brian Brake's images were featured in magazines and museums world wide.
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Additional resources for Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java
Tegerang, from the Cudriana javanesis plant, is yellow. And soga is a rich, uniquely Javanese brown characteristic of batik from the central Javanese towns of Yogyakarta and Surakarta; it comes from the bark of the Pelthophorum ferrugineum tree. The Mangkunegara family in Surakarta was famous for its method of dying cloth with soga and the process is still used today by a family member, Ibu Praptini. After each waxing cycle in the batik process, the cloth is ready to be dyed. In batches of twelve kodi— one kodi equals twenty pieces of batik—the cloths are placed in appropriate dye baths three times a day for ten days.
Skilled workers are usually chosen to apply the first wax outline, the ngrengreng, to the cloth, because this will largely determine the quality of the batik. Less skilled workers perform the next step, retracing the outline in wax. Depending on the number of colors, the waxing process may be repeated again and again, each time by a different worker. Enter, the Cap. Around 1840 the invention of the cap (or tjap)—a copper block that applies an entire design onto the cloth with a single imprint—revolutionized the batik industry.
He amassed one of the greatest collections of flora, fauna, textiles, and artifacts ever collected in the archipelago and packed it all up for shipment home. The boat and its contents burned fifty miles offshore. Undaunted, Raffles began a second collection, which he brought back safely to England. Raffles may well have collected batik by the gross— he wrote that there were a hundred identifiable patterns —and his History of Java includes the first systematic study of the art. Only two of Raffles's Javanese pieces survive, and they seem to be the earliest in any collection.