Ceremonial skirt with beaded panel

This skirt comes from the Maloh people in West Kalimantan, Borneo. Shell appliqué decorations run along its beaded panel, which depicts yellow human figures representing ancestor spirits. Beads are considered rare commodities. Garments sewn with beads are thought to have increased ritual and protective qualities. It is believed that during the harvest ceremonies if more beads were displayed on textiles, they will bring more bountiful harvests.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
West Kalimantan, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: L 50.4 x W 43
Accession No.
1997-04693
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Garments and Accessories