A collection of old ikats from the Iban people of Sarawak.
The symbolism in these textiles is highly evolved and so reading a textile requires deep knowledge of the culture and the art. My knowledge in this subject is very limited and using the help of reference books, I have put together the descriptions. These may well be incomplete and if you have a better view of any of the textiles and motifs I will be happy to learn.
The descriptions have been put together using similar examples from the following books:
1) "Iban Ritual Textiles" by Traude Gavin
2) "The Women's Warpath" by Traude Gavin
3) "Textiles from Borneo"
4) "Pua - Iban Weavings of Sarawak" by Edric Ong
5) "Female and Male in Borneo" Edited by Vinson Sutlive Jr.