Ceremonial Cloth (Pua Sungkit)

This ceremonial textile (pua sungkit) from the Iban people of northern Borneo is adorned with imageries of snake devouring its tail executed in supplementary weft. The central field is bordered above and below by a broad plain red border decorated with a single row of plant motifs.

Title: Ceremonial Cloth (Pua Sungkit)

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: 1800s

Geography: Malaysia, Borneo

Culture: Iban

Medium: Cotton

Technique: Plain weave, supplementary weft wrapping

Dimensions: 70.5 x 215 cm (27 3/4 x 74 5/8 in)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Helena Hernmarck in memory of Mary Kahlenberg, 2022

Object ID Number: 2022.12.KT667