Design, Style & History

Featuring selections from the Rudolf G. Smend Collection
  1. Fiona G. Kerlogue
  2. Photographs by Fulvio Zanettini
  • ISBN 9780500284773
  • 27.50 x 21.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 192pp
  • 204 Illustrations, 173 in colour
  • First published 2004

This is the definitive history of batik in Indonesia and its modern expression.

Batik is practised from China to West Africa, but it finds its supreme expression in Indonesia. No other cloth in Asia, perhaps in the whole world, contains so much symbolism and has so many meanings, expressed in its marvellous colours and designs and in the way it is made, folded and worn.

Richly illustrated throughout with hundreds of colour reproductions and scores of archive photographs, Batik explores in depth the origins of the batik tradition; regional differences; symbolism and motifs; modern influences and batik as costume and in art. An illustrated index of motifs and their meanings, a comprehensive listing of international batik collections, a glossary and a bibliography complete this authoritative yet accessible work.

Fiona Kerlog studied at London University and at Dartington College of Arts, where she specialized in textiles. Batik was the subject of her doctoral studies. She is currently a Keeper at the Horniman Museum in London.