Place of origin:
Gujarat, India (fabric, made)
Java, Indonesia (tailored)
Date: ca. 1900
Materials and Techniques: Double-ikat silk, with a cotton waistband
Gallery note: Trousers and other garments made from prized double-ikat silk patola fabric from India were worn on ceremonial occasions at the Javanese court at Yogyakarta well into the 20th century. Patola was the most prestigious of the Indian textiles traded to Indonesia, and was even credited with magical properties. This pair of trousers is one of a set in different designs supposedly corresponding to the days of the week, reported to have been owned and worn by Sultan Hamengko Buwono VII of Yogyakarta in the early 20th century.