I want to share with you one of my vintage batik from my collections. I remember I acquired this batik sarung from my antique batik dealer in Jogja. I have acquired a number of white and blue vintage batik cloths, but I chose to buy this batik sarung when I saw the design of the parakeet birds on it. I just found the design to be unique and interesting (commonly the birds that were drawn on these batiks are usually of cranes, peacocks or phoenixes, so I considered parakeets as rare). The fabric itself is a mark of a high end batik sarung, because it was drawn on cotton material that is so smooth and sleek. This batik originated from Pekalongan, North Coast of Java and was known as the batik ‘Kelengan’
(white and blue colored textile) and was made around the 1950′s. This kelengan batik sarung was known to be reserved for the occasions of mourning which was worn by the Peranakan or Sino Indonesian communities.
It is often that a signatureof the batiker was placed on top part of the batik sarung. In this case, the batik sarung was signed by Tjoa Seng Kwat of Pekalongan. I remember after purchasing this vintage sarung, I got a 40′s vintage blue parrot brooch from an antique dealer in London which I thought I can easily wear it with my antique Peranakan Kebaya with this particular lovely blue vintage batik sarung. What do you think?