Borneoartifact item number: PK0 488
A giant antique Pua Kumbu adorn with Buah Berinjan / Jungle Creeper Pattern. The vine-like jungle creepers are beautifully expressed in an upward and downward rhythmic movement interspersed with some tendril flowers. Note also the filler motifs of Igi Beras / Rice Grain and Mata Antu / Eye of The Spirit.

Top Selakoh: Throne Of Petara.

Bottom Selakoh: Pucuk Rebung / Bamboo Shoot.

Only natural dye from vegetable or fruit are used. Never ever have any contact with water, as this will permanently destroy the colors.

Origin: Sarawak, Borneo.

Age: Circa 1900-1930, authentic.


Height: 206 cm / 81.1 inches

Width: 108 cm / 42.5 inches

Condition: Tears are found on the textile. Largest tear: 7 x 5 cm / 2.8 x 2 inch but otherwise a beautiful authentic piece from Sarawak Borneo!

Pua kumbu of Borneo:

The Pua weaving or the Pua Kumbu is a ritual blanket used for religious ceremonies, festivals %u201CGawai%u201D, ceremonies associated with birth, death, healing or %u201Csoul-searching%u201D and war of headhunting. It serves as a means of communication between this world and the world of ancestors, spirits and gods.

Here, the weaver puts down a woven graphic design of the Iban animistic beliefs, the spiritual realm (%u201Cantu%u201D) and the world view of life around them ie. the trees, animals, insects, jungle life, natural and supernatural life. Each weaver never draws up the image she intended to dye. The designs are vested with meaning and energy. The more powerful a design, the closer it brings an Iban to the spiritual world. The more powerful the design, the greater the danger for the weaver.

The Weaver-Chemist: All the dyes used in the traditional Pua Kumbu are vegetable and fruit(mango stein-reddish color) origin, and the method of preparing the %u201Cmordant bath%u201D for the cotton yarn and the actual dye-bath are only carried out by the special divinely-ordained weavers accorded the status of %u201CIndu Tau Nakar Tau Ngar%u201D or %u201CShe Who Knows the Secret of Measuring Out the Drugs in Order to Obtain the rich colors.

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Published on:17/01/2018

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