Cotton, silk, supplementary weft wrapping (sungkit)
Context: Pua belantan is a type of cloth made in the Saribas region with a specific required design format, motifs and colour that have been part of its ritual efficacy for a long time, and which this example follows closely. It is used ritually – to receive or carry trophy heads, to make offerings at shrines, and to carry a newborn child at his or her birth rites, especially for the first ritual bath.
Very fine cotton, densely woven, with a slightly stiff hand. The silk sungkit colours have lightened a little on the front side but are still clear. Some general wear at the ends, but overall very good.
Length: 169 cm including fringes. Width: 42 cm.