Shoulder cloth (slendang, selendang)

Malaysian or Indonesian (Iban)
19th–20th century

Object Place: Malaysia or Indonesia


46 x 170 cm (18 1/8 x 66 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain-weave, warp yarn resist-dyed (ikat)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular light reddish-brown and natural ecru cotton cloth with thick, twisted warp fringe. The primary design elements are two fields of geometric forms with stylized tendrils, hooks and scrolls created by the warp ikat technique alternating with two fields of plain light reddish-brown. There are two lengthwise borders of narrow stripes in black, natural ecru and light reddish-brown.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund