An image of Kain songket

Unknown Artist

Kain songket

Other titles:
Kain sontak
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Sumatra, Indonesia
Year
circa 1890
Media
Textile
Medium
silk with coloured brocade
Dimensions
75.0 x 215.0 cm
Credit
Gift of the Kidd Family 1995
Accession number
217.1995