Shoulder or waist cloth (kain songket)

Indonesian (Sumatran)
Dutch colonial period
19th century

Object Place: Sumatra, Indonesia


192 x 41 cm (75 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, metallic gold paper-wrapped thread, metal, natural dyes; warp-faced (satin) weave, discontinuous supplementary weft patterning in gold (songket)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular purple cotton ground cloth with a dense, overall field of repeating geometric motifs created by supplemental weft threads in gold. There is a yellow and gold gimp band hand stitched at the base of each crosswise border which is finished with a metallic fringe.


1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund