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Shoulder or waist cloth (kain songket)

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Rectangular purple cotton ground cloth with a dense, overall field of repeating geometric motifs created by supplemental weft threads in gold. There is a yellow and gold gimp band hand stitched at the base of each crosswise border which is finished with a metallic fringe.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund

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

Object Place

Sumatra, Indonesia

Object Place

Dimensions

192 x 41 cm (75 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.660

Medium or Technique

Cotton, metallic gold paper-wrapped thread, metal, natural dyes; warp-faced (satin) weave, discontinuous supplementary weft patterning in gold (songket)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes