Woman's ceremonial shoulder cloth (kain limar, slendang, selendang)

Indonesian (Sumatran)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia


Height x width: 82 5/16 x 35 1/2 in. (209 x 90.2 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, natural dyes; plain-weave, weft and warp yarn resist-dyed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular yellow-green and violet-red silk cloth with narrow hand stitched hems on each crosswise end. The central plain yellow-green field is surrounded by narrow borders on each lengthwise edge in violet-red, yellow, green and blue repeating bands of stylized floral motifs created by the weft ikat technique and a deep violet-red border on one crosswise end with a repeating triangle and paisley motif (tumpal) in violet-red, yellow, green and blue created by the weft ikat technique.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund