Ceremonial Shoulder Cloth (Selendang)

Silk shawl of rectangular shape with a large green field bordered by narrow long edges and wide short edges.The linear design of woven silk is highlighted with supplementary weft weaving of gold wrapped thread. The green stripes, unlike the green field, are printed to resemble the tie-dye ikat technique.A woman might wear such a textile folded in half lengthwise as a shoulder cloth cum carryall. She would pass it under one arm and tie the ends over the opposite shoulder. She would then secure small things like cash in the folds of the cloth under her breast.

Circa: Late 19th-early 20th century

Origin: Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia

Material: Silk with metallic thread supplementary weave

Condition: Some small pinhead size holes, minor color run, good

Dimensions: 86" x 36"

Inventory number: TX4178



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