Fragment of lower body wrapper (sampot; sampot chwang kbun)

18th to 19th century

Object Place: Cambodia


75 x 167 cm (29 1/2 x 65 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, natural dyes; uneven twill weave ground, weft yarn resist-dyed (hol, ikat)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Violet-red ground covered with semi-geometric design motifs created by weft yarn resist-dyed technique called “hol,” (or ikat). The design elements are purple, yellow, green, and violet red. In the spaces separating the geometric figures are neutral violet serpent-like forms outlined with yellow. A deep border of similar forms and color runs across one end, and a narrow one along one side. One selvedge has a single-fold, 1” hem. Worn, some holes.

The sampot chwang kbun is worn by both men and women. Prestige silk fabrics, such as this, were reserved for formal and and elite settings such as at court, weddings and for classical dance. This garment is a rectangular piece of cloth that is wrapped around the waist with the end panels passed between the legs and secured at the back of the waist, forming pantaloons.


1925, purchased from or through Ananda Coomaraswamy (b. 1877 - d. 1947), Needham, MA, by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1925)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund