Ceremonial upper body wrapper (kamben endek, slendang)

Indonesian
Dutch colonial rule
19th or early 20th century


Object Place: Bali, Indonesia

Dimensions

51 x 308 cm (20 1/16 x 121 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

30.811

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long, rectangular violet-red silk cloth with long warp fringe on each end. The main design elements are of bands of zigzags (possibly gigi barong, or Barong’s teeth, motif) and irregular diamonds in violet-red, green, yellow and natural white created by the weft ikat technique and deep borders of interlocking triangle motifs (tumpal) at each end created by gold supplemental weft patterning.

Traditionally, songket textiles are associated with Bali’s royal families and were used primarily on ceremonial occasions and in theatrical productions.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund