[Circa 1900-1925 Javanese cotton batik produced in Lasem.
It might not be very evident in this image, but there's a touch of gold-leaf on this Indonesian batik cloth. It was designed to be worn by a woman (might have been a gift to a bride on her wedding day, according to the Asian Art Museum), so precious gold dust was applied only to areas that would've been visible when she had the sarong on. Curvy flowering branches and a red-blue-and-cream color scheme show the influence of imported Indian chintz. Also, if the birds or any other elements make you think of Chinese design, this fits because Indonesians of Chinese descent were in charge of most workshops in Lasem, where the batik was created.
[Circa 1900 Javanese sarong with peacock pattern. Gift of Mia Hinze in memory of Frits Hinze. Asian Art Museum.]
For an upcoming exhibition, Asian Art Museum curators have gathered together some exceptional examples of batik -- the complex resist dyeing technique, perfected in Java, which involves applying hot wax to cloth. Batik: Spectacular Textiles from Java opens November 2 in San Francisco.
[Detail image from the Asian's fall show.]
[20th-century cotton with resist wax from Sumatra. Asian Art Museum.]
The pillow below isn't resist-dyed or from Indonesia; it's made from a mid-century painted Japanese silk and I was drawn to the lustrous purple while browsing newly added goods over at Pat McGann.