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SALE - Peranakan Straits Chinese Batik Tulis Old 3N

Peranakan Chinese Indonesian Batik Tulis Solo style by Tjoa Tjoen Tiang, the second generation of the famous Peranakan Chinese batik maker of the "3 Negeri" (3 States / 3 Cities / 3 Countries) style, who worked around the 1920s-1940s. The "3 Negeri" style is known for their classic brown, blue and red, traditionally each dipped in Solo, Pekalongan and Lasem respectively. Colours of the past, in this case, especially the brown, is unlike any brown you can find today in any Batik Tulis. The PH level of the soil will never be the same, making the water used in colour mixing to differ as well. Not to mention the mixture of things used in the dye itself. The recipe for "sogan" brown is as complicated as any chef's signature dish. And unless this recipe is passed down systematically, it is gone forever, as this one seemed to have been. This piece is signed "TTT". I theorize that Tjoa Tjoen Tiang initially followed the first generation Tjoa Giok Tjiam who signed their products in an oval seal. This then evolved to a square one, and then simply initialed TTT. This initial in itself evolved from TTT to T.T.T to ToToT to TOTOT. If this is correct, this would be an earlier work and could very possibly be of natural dyes (although synthetic ones have been used since the late 1800s). This batik tulis was made in the "pagi-sore", which became popular as a way to economize on cloths during the great depression and the onset of World War II. After this period, the pagi-sore was made as a style, instead of necessity. Combined, these facts point to around the 1930s. CONDITION: MINT. Note: the shine on the photo of the "TTT" initial / signature was because it was taken while the item is inside a plastic cover which protects it.

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