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Woman's head cloth or shoulder cloth (tengkuluak or kain sandang, selendang)

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Rectangular dark violet-red silk ground cloth with crosswise bands of alternating geometric motifs created by supplemental weft threads in gold and silk. The piece is made up of two lengths hand stitched together down the center and has narrow hand stitched hems on each crosswise end.


Gift of Mrs. Clifford Smith to the MFA on April 14, 1938

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Clifford Smith

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

Object Place

West Sumatra, Indonesia


Overall: 264 x 78 cm (103 15/16 x 30 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts