Head wrapper (ikat kepala)

Indonesian (Sumatran)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Sumatra, Indonesia


93 x 88 cm (36 5/8 x 34 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, gold wrapped paper-covered thread, weft yarn resist-dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary weft patterning

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Square violet-red ground silk cloth with an all-over abstract zigzag design created by the weft ikat technique in dark purple, yellow-orange, and natural white. There is a narrow crosswise border on each end with small repeating abstract geometric and floral motifs created with supplemental gold-wrapped thread and a similar border hand stitched along each lengthwise edge.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund