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Ceremonial cloth (pua, pua kumbu)

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Reddish-brown (kombu), natural ecru and black rectangular cloth with twisted warp fringe at each crosswise end. The main design elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of a central field of interlocking, stylized anthropomorphic and reptilian motifs. There is a border of repeating...

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Purchased by MFA on September 8, 1927

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Malayan (Iban Dayak), British colonial rule, 1900–25

Object Place

Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia


Overall: 193 x 86 cm (76 x 33 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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


Textiles and Fashion Arts