Minangkabau Songket Fragment
This textile fragment was made by Minangkabau weavers out of silk, and gold. The Minangkabau are a historically matrilineal Muslim society organized in small democratically-run villages in Western Sumatra, known for their richly symbolic and regionally-specific ceremonial clothing. Since each village is run by democratic consensus, each locality has its own specific rules about what and how ceremonial clothing should be worn. Minangkabau people can therefore usually identify where strangers are from based on the way they wear their skirts, hats, and belts, or from the motifs woven into their clothing.
This fragment may have come from a shoulder cloth or waist sash.
Circa: late 19th century
Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia
Material: Silk and gold-wrapped thread
Condition: Slight fraying on the edges and some small holes from wear
Dimensions: 68" x 18.5"
Inventory number: TX4275