An old Pua kumbu / Iban-Dayak Headhunter Ritual Textile Blanket, woven with motifs of War Shield / Terabai & Buah Berinjan / Creeper Vine. An authentic piece from the 1950s, there are some small tears(largest tear: 2 x 3 cm / 0.8 x 1.2 inch) on the textile, but otherwise a lovely piece for your home. Only natural dye from vegetable or fruit were used. Never ever clean them with machine, as this may permanently destroy the colors.
Height: 180 cm / 70.9 inches Width: 107 cm / 42.1 inches Weight: 0.8 kg / 1.7 lb
Origin: Sarawak, Borneo. Age: Circa 1950, authentic.
Pua kumbu of Borneo: The Pua weaving or the Pua Kumbu is a ritual blanket used for religious ceremonies, festivals Gawai, ceremonies associated with birth, death, healing or soul-searching and war of headhunting. It serves as a means of communication between this world and the world of ancestors, spirits and gods. Here, the weaver puts down a woven graphic design of the Iban animistic beliefs, the spiritual realm and the world view of life around them ie. the trees, animals, insects, jungle life, natural and supernatural life. Each weaver never draws up the image she intended to dye. The designs are vested with meaning and energy. The more powerful a design, the closer it brings an Iban to the spiritual world. The more powerful the design, the greater the danger for the weaver.
The Weaver-Chemist: All the dyes used in the traditional Pua Kumbu are vegetable and fruit(mango stein-reddish color) origin, and the method of preparing the mordant bath for the cotton yarn and the actual dye-bath are only carried out by the special divinely-ordained weavers accorded the status of Indu Tau Nakar Tau Ngar or She Who Knows the Secret of Measuring Out the Drugs in Order to Obtain the rich colors.
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