Superbly decorated baby carrier from Borneo / Kalimantan
The sea shells have been arranged in the pattern of a spiirit meant for the protection of the child. Also has a tiger bell and hand made trade beads.
The basic mat structure is covered by an Ikat woven Pua Kumbu cloth.
For carrying a baby / child upto 3 years of age , the baby carrier is positioned upfront to allow breast feeding.
Likely origin: the Orang Ulu or the Maloh people
Estimated to be from the early 1900s
LITERATURE REFERENCE : Photographs of baby carriers being used in real life may be seen on pages 55-56 of the book titled "Borneo - A photographic Journey" by Dennis Lau