An Analysis of Javanese Influences on Malaysian Motifs in Batik Sarong Design

By Rafeah Legino and David Forrest.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper examines the influences of Javanese batik sarong design that are embedded in the Malaysian batik sarong motifs. Several batik sarong samples were photographed in order to trace and categorize the range of design motifs. The samples were sourced from museums, galleries, private collections and batik makers in Malaysia. These were investigated with regard to the layout of the sarongs and the different motifs, their features and influences. The research confirmed that although batik was derived from the Javanese traditional sarong design, it evolved in Malaysia and was assimilated into Malay clothing culture. The designs show an enhancement and continuity of Javanese influences in organization of the patterns. Through an analysis of samples, it can be established that the design characteristics in Malaysia are innovative and have contributed to the variety and distinctiveness of Malaysian batik sarong design motifs.

Keywords: Influences, Motifs, Batik Sarong, Design

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.215-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.401MB).

Rafeah Legino

Postgraduate Research Student, School of Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia/RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rafeah Legino is a Senior Lecturer and part time artist from Faculty of Art and Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia. Graduated from Faculty Art and Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia with Bachelor of Fine Art and Master Art & Design (Research). She is currently pursuing her doctoral study at the School of Art, RMIT University, which under supervision with Dr. David Forrest and her research interests include crafts and the visual arts.

Prof. David Forrest

Associate Professor of Music Education, School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. David Forrest is Associate Professor of Music Education in the School of Education at RMIT University. His research interests include curriculum development and policy, music for children, and the life and educational philosophy of DB Kabalevsky. He is the National Publications Editor for the Australian Society for Music Education and a Board Member of the International Society for Music Education.


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