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Ikat from Sarawak, Borneo, Indonesia

039 Borneo, Sarawak

Pua kumbu

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Origin: Borneo, Sarawak
Locale: Iban Dayak, Second Division.
Period: 1940-1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 104 x 211 cm (3' 4" x 6' 11")
Design: Field decorated with grid of diamond shaped, intertwining forms in brick red, cream and light indigo, representing creatures hiding and lurking amongst water reeds swirling amidst whirlpools in a river. One of the many titles of this design is Genali. Longitudinal borders in red, yellow and dark brown.
Comment: Beautifully rhythmic motifs, excellent execution, showcasing the great intricacy of Saribas ikat in this bloom period for Iban design. Note that though it was commercial thread that sparked the 'intricacy revolution' among the Saribas people, this pua was done in fine hand spun yarn.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Borneo and/or Sarawak.
Compare: 041 040
Literature: Similar pua in Gittinger, Splendid Symbols, Fig. 166. Similar piece also in Heppell, c.s., Iban Art, Fig. 17; and in Gavin, Iban Ritual Textiles, Fig. 62. Note on motifs by Vernon Kedit.
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