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Ceremonial shoulder cloth (kain selendang songket)

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Rectangular red silk ground cloth with overall stylized floral and geometric repeating design motifs and deep border with interlocking triangles (tumpal) created by supplemental gold weft thread pattering. There is a twisted red silk fringe at each crosswise ends.


Purchased by MFA through Dr. Coomaraswamy on April 7, 1921

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund

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

Object Place

Palembang region, Sumatra, Indonesia


231 x 69 cm (90 15/16 x 27 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold paper-wrapped silk thread, natural dyes; unbalanced plain-weave ground, discontinuous supplementary weft patterning in gold (songket)


Textiles and Fashion Arts