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Ceremonial cloth (pua, pua kumbu)

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Reddish-brown and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted warp yarn fringe at each crosswise end. The main designs elements, created by ikat technique, are of abstract plant and reptilian forms, including earrings (mamuli), and row of narrow triangular shapes at each crosswise...

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van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930 Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Kantu Kayak, West Kalimantan, British colonial rule, 1900–25

Object Place

Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia)


75 x 178 cm (29 1/2 x 70 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain weave, warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary weft patterning


Textiles and Fashion Arts