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Ceremonial cloth (kain songket)

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Rectangular violet-red silk ground cloth with overall stylized geometric and floral designs created by supplemental weft patterning in gold and silver (songket). The piece is made up of two lengths hand stitched together down the center and narrow hand stitched hems on each crosswise end.


Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham

Indonesian (Sumatran), Dutch colonial rule, 19th century

Object Place

Sumatra, Indonesia


Height x width: 64 1/4 x 49 in. (163.2 x 124.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold and silver paper-wrapped thread, natural dyes; plain-weave, discontinuous supplementary weft patterning (songket)


Textiles and Fashion Arts