Shoulder cloth

A ‘selendang’ or shoulder cloth is a narrow piece of rectangular cloth worn over the shoulder. The striped centrefield is framed by floral patterned end panels. This shoulder cloth was made using the weft ikat technique, where the horizontal threads are tied and dyed before the fabric is woven. The use of weft ikat is found throughout Southeast Asia, including the eastern coast of Malay Peninsula, coastal Sumatra, Bali and Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Kelantan, Malay Peninsula
Object size: L:237.2 x W:63.5
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Garments and Accessories