Pua kumbu refers to a large blanket made with red dye (Morinda citrifolia). It is used as a decorative hanging during harvest ceremonies called Gawaii where it may be hung or used as the blanket upon which offerings are placed for the ancestors. The mordanting process to achieve the red colour requires many different plants from the forest and is still performed with a ritual.
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Warp ikat, commercial cotton, two panels sewn together to make a blanket, twisted fringe, natural dyes. Ikat, tied, dyed and woven in Sintang, Kalimantan, 2021. Size 224 x 105 cm / 88 x 41.5 in
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