These fabrics come from Cirebon, a town on the North coast of Java where fine batik has long been produced. The designs are very typical of that area. Floral motifs were first introduced by the Dutch who colonised Java in the 18th and 19th centuries. Dutch women preferred to wear sarongs in more colourful, European styles with flowers, butterflies and birds, and this is still reflected in the batik from this area.
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