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Ceremonial upper body wrapper (ulos godang)

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Dark blue (indigo) and reddish-brown rectangular cotton cloth with narrow lenghtwise stripes in yellow, rows of white beads, four crosswise bands of diamond and triangle motifs and twisted fringe on each crosswise end. Traditionally, ulos godang were an important part of ritual gift exchange...

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van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930 Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Indonesian (Sumatran, Angkola Batak), Dutch colonial rule, early 20th century

Object Place

Sumatra, Angkola region, Indonesia


99 x 218 cm (39 x 85 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes, beads; warp-faced plain weave, twill weave, discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, twining


Textiles and Fashion Arts