Threads Of Life

Dayak Lizard Pattern

Pua Kalimantan

IDR 5,714,286

Item Code: T02.KL.SN.XXXX.042

Pua Kumbu is a ceremonial cloth that is made from two panels of ikat cloth that are sewn together into a larger blanket. It is used as a decorative hanging during harvest ceremonies called Gawai, where it may be hung or used as the blanket upon which offerings are placed for the ancestors.

Dayak textiles have always been highly regarded for their unique designs, many of which were originally woven from dreams. The merinjan nyandik usually combined with ticak sarawak or lizard and sempai (a part of traditional house)motif on a textile. There is a story about those three motifs.

Ticak sarawak cosidered as a protection that keep the traditional house safe. Like everywhere in this archipelago lizard is symbolize of the truth, if someone says something and the lizard make sound it is said that the lizard agrees. As the lizard is seen as an aspect of the divine then it must be true. These lizards usually live in the sempai or walls of a traditional Dayak house. If the lizard goes to find food it will always come back to the sempai which it regards as its home or lair. Here it will lay egg and take care of its offspring.

Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. IIkat tied, dyed and woven in Sintang, Kalimantan, 2021.
244 x 118 cm / 96 x 46.5 in

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