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Indonesian Batik Java Hokokai

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"Java Hokokai" Batik were originally commissioned by the "Hokokai" society in the Japanese occupied Dutch East Indies as items of gift to those deemed with merit to the Japanese occupation. The style therefore only lasted during the Japanese occupation between 1942-1945, and therefore rather hard to find. They are done with a style reminisce of the Japanese Kimono. But with some Javanese, Chinese, and European elements as well. For example, butterflies and gardens, where butterflies alluded to the classical Chinese love story of "Sam Pek Eng Tay", background often incorporate traditional Javanese patterns, with colours commonly found in Japanese Kimonos. They also usually take the form of the "Pagi-Sore", where the long cloth is divided into two design sections: one to be worn in the morning (pagi) and one in the evening or afternoon (sore). Like all old Batik Tulis, this one is made on both sides of the cloth. It is done ENTIRELY "tulis". CONDITION: It has a tiny repair right at the corner near the edge (please see pic).