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Rare Condition Pua Kumbu  and Kain Kebat Iban Spirit and Warrior Ritual Textiles.  Two Pieces. Sarawak Malaysia /  Borneo

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Pua Kumbu is a traditional patterned multicolored ceremonial cotton cloth used by the Iban peoples of Sarawak Malaysia.  Pua kumbu cloth are woven by Dayak women and are considered to be sacred objects. They call them “covering blankets”.   They are used for lifecycle rituals and special events including the birth of a child, coming of age celebrations, receipt of an important item to a longhouse, and to cover a corpse that is being laid out in a longhouse prior to burial.

Iban cloths are famous for their deep red Morinda citrifolia (a coffee tree) backgrounds.  That red comes from the Morinda bark.

In perfect condition.

Both are an excellent example of the quality and tradition that is part of the making of Iban ritual textiles.  Hanger not included but is available on this website.


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