Kebaya and Sarong

Eliza van Zuylen1890s - 1910 / 1890s.

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

This sarong is decorated with scenes from the fairy tale Snow White. The evil queen is depicted consulting her magic mirror, and shown offering a poisoned apple to the princess Snow White. The stricken Snow White lies on a bed surrounded - strangely - by five instead of the usual seven dwarves. Depictions of fairy tales on batiks were pioneered by Carolina von Franquemont, the earliest known European batik-maker. Little Red Riding Hood was perhaps the most favourite tale for batiks.


  • Title: Kebaya and Sarong
  • Creator: Eliza van Zuylen
  • Date Created: 1890s - 1910 / 1890s.
  • Location Created: Europe, Indonesia, Java, Pekalongan
  • Provenance: Sarong: Collection of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee
  • Type: Kebaya, Sarong
  • Medium: Kebaya: Cotton batiste and Palembang bobbin lace. Sarong: Cotton (drawn batik).

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