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Ikat from Sarawak, Borneo, Indonesia

032 Borneo, Sarawak

Pua kumbumicroscope  magnifier

Origin: Borneo, Sarawak
Locale: Saribas region
Period: 1925-1945
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 88 x 205 cm (34.6 x 80.7)
Design: Snakes, nabau, enclosing zoomorphic figures in cream on brick red. Borders in white, black, brick red and faded yellow. Possibly the serpent pattern, buah nabau, enriched with zoomorphic shapes, which look like crocodiles, but may well be birds, specifically kites.
Comment: Excellent pua kumbu with fine detailing, tightly woven with well aligned panels. Border slightly frayed in one spot, small tear in border with old repair. Borders possibly done in toko yarn.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Borneo and/or Sarawak.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 033 035
Literature: Very similar to piece in Boston Museum of Fine Arts, No. 30.800. Cf. Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 678. Also Gittinger, Splendid Symbols, Fig. 172. Gavin, The Women's Warpath, Plates 32, 67. Motifs similar to shrew motif in Chaddon c.s. Iban or Sea Dayak Fabrics, Plate VI. Similar overall pattern on pua depicted in Leigh-Heide and Mittersakschmoëller, Lebensmuster, Abb. 187.
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