Man's ceremonial lower body wrapper (saput, kain endek)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century


Object Place: Indonesia; Place of Creation: Bali, Indonesia

Dimensions

55 x 145 cm (21 5/8 x 57 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.664

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular silk cloth with a violet-red ground and narrow machine-stitched hems on each crosswise end. The primary design elements are of four repeating vignettes of various animals in dark purple, green, yellow, lavender and natural white created by the weft ikat (endek) technique and two deep crosswise borders of linterlocking triangle motifs, called “tumpal,” created by gold and silver supplementary weft threads. This piece is probably one half of a man’s ceremonial wrapper.

Traditionally, songket textiles are associated with Bali’s royal families and were used primarily on ceremonial occasions and in theatrical performances. The tiger and elephant motifs, as well as the tumpal border, are inspired by patola cloths from India.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund