Ceremonial upper body wrapper (sabuk, kamben)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century

Object Place: Bali, Indonesia


37 x 249 cm (14 9/16 x 98 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long, rectangular violet-red silk ground cloth with silver and gilt metallic supplemental weft threads and areas of weft ikat in blue, white and yellow with long warp fringe at each crosswise end. Each end has a deep border with supplemental weft stars motifs, a lattice of plant forms and parallel rows of stars in repeating rectangles. The main field is made up of rows of rectangles each divided diagonally into two triangles: one of ikat; the other is alternately silver or gilt supplemental weft threads.

Traditionally, songket textiles were associated with Bali’s royal families and typically worn on ceremonial occasions and for theatrical productions.


Gift to MFA on November 13, 1947

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Caroline Hooper Fabens