Ceremonial upper body wrapper (ulos godang)

Indonesian (Sumatran, Angkola Batak)
Dutch colonial rule
early 20th century

Object Place: Sumatra, Indonesia, Angkola region


99 x 218 cm (39 x 85 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes, beads; warp-faced plain weave, twill weave, discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, twining

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dark blue (indigo) and reddish-brown rectangular cotton cloth with narrow lenghtwise stripes in yellow, rows of white beads, four crosswise bands of diamond and triangle motifs and twisted fringe on each crosswise end.

Traditionally, ulos godang were an important part of ritual gift exchange during ceremonies at which the textile’s benevolent significance would be interpreted by men of the aristorcracy.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund