Ceremonial lower body wrapper (kain limar)

Indonesian (Sumatran)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th or early 20th century


Object Place: Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Dimensions

107 x 178 cm (42 1/8 x 70 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1618

Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold paper-wrapped thread; plain-weave ground, weft yarn resist-dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary weft patterning

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular violet-red and metallic gold silk cloth with overall repeating design of stylized floral shapes and wings of the mythological bird, “garuda,” in red, green, blue, orange and natural white created by the weft ikat technique and accented with metallic gold floral. There is a wide central crosswise band of repeating, interlocking triangles (tumpal motif) and narrow lengthwise borders created by supplemental metallic gold threads.

Provenance

Gift to MFA on May 3, 1917

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. John Wheelock Elliot