Women's ceremonial shoulder cloth (gerengsing, selendang)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia


39.6 x 169 cm (15 9/16 x 66 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, warp and weft yarn-resist dyed (double ikat, geringsing)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long rectangular cotton cloth with twisted fringe along each crosswise end. The primary design, created by the double ikat technique, is of a repeating lattice of diamond and star motifs in reddish brown (mengkudu) and natural ecru on a blue-black (indigo) ground.

Geringsing cloth is considered one of the most important ceremonial textiles in Bali, representing the concept of territorial, bodily and spiritual purity. These textiles are designed and made to be both worn and to be used in various other ritual contexts. Some geringsing, such as this one, reflect the strong design influence of Indian patola cloth.


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund