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RESCUE ITEM - "THREE STATES" TJOA TJOEN TIANG c 1930

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RESCUE ITEM - "THREE STATES" TJOA TJOEN TIANG c 1930
Solo style Batik Tulis also known as "3 States" (3 Negeri) by Tjoa Tjoen Tiang who also signed her name as TOTOT which is probably actually ToToT (TTT with fat dots) who worked in the 1930s. By this stage, it is apparent that the Tjoa family had perfected the "3 Negeri" designs and aesthetic quality which was initially developed in the early 1900s with its emphasis on the "canting" work (the device used to draw liquid wax onto the cloth, i.e. "tulis" or "writing" = drawing the batik) or "penmanship" instead of colours, with skills focused on the amazing detailing of everything on the cloth. This is the "Tjoa Tjoen" generation, perfecting what was developed by the "Tjoa Giok" generation who gave birth to the "3 Negeri" style. After this phase, the "Tjoa Siang" generation burst into the scene with multitudes of colours, as their floral designs became a little half-hearted, their peacoks took over with explosions of movements comparable to Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night" befitting the 1960s generation they were (are) a part of. Effectively the true "3 negeri" style ended in the 1940s. This is one of the last of the 3 negeri at its peak. Like the rest of the world, everything changed after WWII. Although the same style was still produced after that, they were but mere pale descendant of a truly unique style in the history of Solo batik tulis.


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