Textiles- Skirts and Blouse

Men's skirtMen's skirt (The Philippines)

Women's blouseWomen's blouse (The Philippines)


The first image shows Indonesian sarong, a skirt that is often worn with matching batik dyed hat. Batik is a traditional Indonesian textile art that uses wax and dye to create intricate designs on fabric. It is a blue and brown tubular cloth with floral design. It is created by sewing the ends of the cloth together. The top and bottom of the sarong have narrow borders with dark blue and brown wavy lines. The main field of the sarong has a traditional batik diagonal design called “parang” in brown, white, and dark blue. The middle part of the main field has a dark blue background with brown designs. The cloth is done the wax-resist dye method – Indonesian batik textile technique.

The second image is a men’s skirt from the Philippines. It is a multicolored ikat woven tube skirt. Ikat is a traditional Philippine textile technique where threads are tied and dyed before weaving to create a pattern on the fabric. The skirt has two main color themes woven into patterns set as stripes, with yellow, green, and red stripes separating them. The predominant color theme is black and varying brown colors. The fabric was hand woven, but the piece was machine sewn to make it into a skirt. The fabric was rubbed to make it shiny.

The third image is a blouse from the Philippines. It is worn as top part of Filipino female national dress. It has high butterfly sleeves in blue with gold-silver floral embroidery.