An old (lovely) Malay Kain Sungkit with repeated rows of Iban motifs of tendril flowers similar to those of Buah Rusa / Deer Pattern. Woven using traditional back-strap loom. Circa 1960. Sarawak, Borneo.
Ara / side border: Plain.
Condition: Some color smearing, but nonetheless a lovely textile from Borneo.
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. All the dyes used in the traditional Pua Kumbu are vegetable and fruit(mango stein-reddish color) origin.
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