Pua KumbuCeremonial Hanging
Pua kumbu refers to a large blanket made with red dye (Morinda citrifolia). It is used as a decorative hanging during harvest ceremonies called Gawaii where it may be hung or used as the blanket upon which offerings are placed for the ancestors. The mordanting process to achieve the red colour requires many different plants from the forest and is still performed with a ritual.
A pua may be used to cover a person who is ill during a healing with a traditional doctor. The Dayak textiles have been highly regarded for their unique designs; many of which are from dreams giving them permission to weave the motifs. The central motif on this textile is called bunga merinjan refers to the flower of merinjan tree. Merinjan itself refers to the wood of a tebelian, or Ironwood tree (Eusideroxylon zwageri). This wood is used in the construction of rumah betang, or longhouses, because it is very strong, waterproof, heat resistant, and can hold heavy loads.
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Warp ikat, commercial cotton, two panels sewn together to make a blanket, twisted fringe, natural dyes. Ikat, tied, dyed and woven in Sintang, Kalimantan, 2015.
214 x 110 cm / 84.5 x 43.5 in
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