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Title

Kain songket

circa 1890


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

One of the most prestigious of locally produced cloths is the sumptuous, golden'kain songket', referred to as 'cloth of gold'. While the gold thread used for such cloth was from local Indonesian sources, the silk thread was mostly imported. The high quality of the gold ensures a surprisingly supple fabric and the resultant luxurious robes were fitting symbols of wealth and prestige for royal court centres throughout the Indonesian region. Palembang, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Srivijaya, had long had a wealthy class able to indulge in such luxurious cloths.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006


Details


Other Title

Kain sontak


Place where the work was made

Sumatra Indonesia


Date

circa 1890


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk with coloured brocade


Dimensions

75.0 x 215.0 cm


Credit

Gift of the Kidd Family 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

217.1995



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Mattiebelle Gittinger, Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.

Wanda Warming and Michael Gaworski, The world of Indonesian textiles, Japan, 1981.