The Bodhisattva Collection

A Large Silver Thread Kain Selendag Songket, circa 1900

A Large Silver Thread Kain Selendag Songket, circa 1900

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1920: Item # 1165629
The Bodhisattva Collection
View Seller Profile

Guest Book
From our Southeast Asia Collection, a fine and large late 19th / early 20th century silver thread ceremonial shoulder cloth, or kain selendag songket, from the Minangkabau people of Sumatra, Indonesia, circa 1890-1920, executed using heavy gauge silver thread intricately woven into floral and geometric motifs on a red silk backing. The processes for creating and spinning the silver thread and weaving the design motifs are excruciatingly time consuming, thus this technique is generally reserved for pieces of significant ceremonial importance. For a similar example in our inventory but one using actual gold thread, see our item # 979499.

Size and Condition: A large piece at 94 inches long, 40 inches wide. Overall condition is very good. There is some general age-related tarnishing to the silver throughout, but the tarnishing process has largely been arrested now that the piece is framed under glass and no longer in direct exposure to air. There is some light random soiling in scattered areas and some crease marks from folding, but no significant tears or pulls of any kind. Please note that this songket has already been professionally mounted and framed in protective glass, and while cumbersome to ship, it will need to be sold framed and the framing cost has already been factored into the price.