Set, art; Java Batik Art Co; c1920s; CT01.4026.4


Set, art

About this object

Art set; a paint set made by Java Batik Art Co, Sydney. The set includes an envelope full of pin-pricked patterns in tissue paper; and a rectangular box containing eight bottles of coloured dyes and an application tube. Thought to date to about the 1920s.

The box is blue, the interior lined with printed, green paper and featuring a colourful advertisement for Java Batik Art Co, including a peacock and the words: "Pastex Process Outfit for Batik Art, Complete for home use."


Java Batik Art Co

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper, cardboard
processed material, paper
processed material, glass

Inscription and Marks

Printed inside lid: "PASTEX / PROCESS OUTFIT / for / BATIK ART / Complete for Home Use / Java Batik Art Co., 343 Sussex St / Sydney"

Printed on envelope: "JAVA BATIK ART CO / Pattern No 1500 / Special Series / 2/- Size / 343 SUSSEX ST / SYDNEY / TELEPHONE / CITY - 7159"


1. h 40mm x l 235mm x w 200mm
2. l 220mm x w 150mm

Subject and Association Keywords

fine arts, painting, general

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

Object Type


Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Kelly-Anne Smith 15 Nov 2015 14:16 PM,UTC

Amazing to find this Batik Ink Set so intact with P x Ink Bottles with Patterns also..
A few years back I came across a set which includes 8x Coloured Dye Bottles + 1x Wax Bottle with the Applicator Tude, 1 x box of 'PINS' with 'Java Batik Art Co. 343 Sussex St., SYDNEY' on the box + a Batik Dyeing Instruction Booklet which explains the Dyeing process titled 'Batik Work'.. Unfortunatley the Envelope with the Patterns was not with the set..
As the above set is the only one I can seem to find on Google Search, I was wondering if you could give me any more details on this item..
Many Thanks - Look Forward to hearing from you!
Kind Regards - Kelly