Ceremonial shoulder cloth (kain selendang songket)

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund