A big Warp Ikat of the Iban from Sarawak. It shows crocodils which could house the spirits of the ancestors. Next to the crocodiles are symbols of the crocodil's food - so the crocodils stay peaceful.
It is made from hand spun native cotton in Ikat technique with red & black colors from natural sources. After the dying process the colored thread was fixed by weaving at a hand loom with a back strap.
Because the maximum width of the loom was limited, the yarn of always two "shawls" were dyed together for two identical cloth bands. Both shawls are stoated in the middle.
Such Pua were used for healing by covering sick persons or for food-offerings. Therefore this cloth is a little bit spotted and has four tribal repairs and a tiny hole (s. pictures).
Provenience: German Private Collection
Exhibited: "Ars terra incognita - Non-European Antique Art & Textiles Fair" Berlin 2002 (with Loed van Bussel/Amsterdam in the vetting committee).
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- Telo cerimoniale con motivo coccodrillo
- Nome dell'oggetto indigeno
- Pua Ikat
- Iban Dayak
- Sarawak, Malesia
- Prima metà XX secolo
- Buone condizioni
- Venduto con supporto
- 230×109×2 cm