Shoulder cloth

The side panels of this shoulder cloth were woven in gold supplementary weft, known as ‘songket’, which was sometimes dubbed as ‘cloth of gold’. Although the art of songket weaving is practised across the Malay world, the Minangkabau are especially well known for both the quality of their songket as well as the high importance which they place on such textiles. Songket was a symbol of status and traditionally reserved for aristocrats in Minangkabau society. It was used during ceremonial occasions and weddings.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Minangkabau, West Sumatra
Object size: L265 x W71 cm (Without tassels)
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
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