Stamps (caps) (2), for applying hot wax in the batik process, copper / iron, maker unknown, central Java, Indonesia, 1950 - 1955.
Two intricately patterned metal caps (chaps) or stamps, for printing patterns onto cloth in hot wax for making batik. The caps are of soldered construction, with a copper grid frame under which are soldered copper strips and pins in elaborate designs. The pins are very carefully aligned to form a completely flat surface for accurate printing. The caps have thin iron handles for manipulation.
The pattern of one cap, formed from fine circular-section pins, is a five-lobed leaf with short stalk. The other has two parallel bands of abstract patterning composed of closely-set design elements formed with tiny rectangular pins.