This piece of skirt, known as ‘malong’ belongs to the Iban people of Sarawak—north Borneo that lies within the political boundary of Malaysia. Such patterned skirts were reserved for ritual use, for instance during the washing of ritual rice, laying out plates for offering, and when receiving the liver of the ritually slaughtered pig. The skirt is patterned using the ‘warp ikat’ technique, where the vertical threads are tied and dyed before the fabric is woven. Although the patterns on skirts may be complex, the weaving of skirts is not considered ritually dangerous, unlike the weaving of ceremonial cloth.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Borneo
Dimension
Object size: L103.8 x W56 cm
Accession No.
1997-04249
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Garments and Accessories