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Published in Sacred and Ceremonial Textiles: Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Chicago, Illinois, 1996. (Minneapolis, 1997).


Copyright 1996 by the author.


The aim of this paper is to explore the role of the ceremonial shouldercloth -kain sandang gobo- as an inalienable possession in the social organization of the village society of Balai Cacang1. To this end I shall examine the kain sandang gobo for its several visual aspects and symbolic meaning, and as an heirloom cloth in the harto pusako2. The kain sandang gobo as a means of expressing rank and hierarchy will be explored by analyzing its role in the wedding-ceremony. The results will contribute to the aim of this panel, which is to come to a comparison of the meaning of highly valued locally made heirloom cloth among three ethnic groups in Indonesia.