Woman's ceremonial shoulder or skirt cloth (kain limar, selendang, sarong)

Indonesian (Sumatran, Malay)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place: Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia


Overall: 86.4 x 217.2 cm (34 x 85 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, metallic gold paper-wrapped thread, natural dyes; plain-weave ground, weft yarn resist-dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary weft patterning

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular violet-red and metallic gold silk cloth with narrow hand stitched hems on each crosswise end. The primary design elements are a central field of an abstract mythical landscape (semen) of flowers, trees of life and wings of the Garuda bird in red, blue, green and natural white created by the weft ikat technique and a deep border on one end of alternating bands of abstract floral and triangular motifs (tumpal) created by supplementary gold-metallic wefts.


Van Kerckhoff Collection. 1930, purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: July 17, 1930)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund