Woman's shoulder cloth (slendang, selendang)

Indonesian (Kisar)
Dutch colonial rule
probably 19th century

Object Place: Kisar, Indonesia, Maluku Islands


79 x 215 cm (31 1/8 x 84 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular reddish-orange, indigo blue and natural ecru cotton cloth with thick, twisted warp fringe. There is an overall design of repeating stylized double-headed eagles, birds and human figures created by the warp ikat technique and a narrow band with blue and pink weft patterning at each crosswise end.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund