Pua Kumbu by Dayak Iban TribeUnit Pengelola Museum Seni
Woven in the deep forest of Borneo
This beautiful woven cloth is indigenous to deep forests of Borneo. The process of weaving is woven by the Dayak Iban tribe. According to local belief weaving skills comes from ancestral dream.
Certain motifs can only be woven by more seasoned weaver and have permission from their ancestors through dream.
In the past a weaver that has managed to finish her own weaving creation is considered equal to headhunter and allowed to create tattoos on her fingers.
This woven cloth is only used for ceremonial purposes in making offering to the gods. The cloths are worn like sarong and tied on the waist with a silver belt.