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