Shoulder cloth

The fabric of this shoulder cloth was 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.