Man's ceremonial wrapper (saput songket, kampuh songket)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Bali, Indonesia


Height x width: 62 1/2 x 48 in. (158.8 x 121.9 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave with metallic gold and silver wrapped paper thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular silk cloth with design in main field of plaid composed of intersecting lines in violet-red, black and natural with small star-like floral motifs inside each square; crosswise borders are of deep violet-red with design of repeating geometric floral pattern in metallic gold and silver created by discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts; narrow lengthwise border of violet-red with repeating geometric pattern in gold discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. The piece is made up of two lengths hands itched together down the center and each border is hands itched to the main cloth.


Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham