Hemp cloth

American colonial period
about 1900

Object Place: Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines, Lake Lanao region


Overall: 203.2 x 233.7 cm (80 x 92 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca), pigments; plain weave, hand painted and block printed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large square-shaped natural ecru abaca cloth made up of several pieces hand-stitched together with hand-stitched hems and an overall printed or painted design. The primary design elements, in red, black and yellow, include a large, central 8-pointed star medallion surrounded by smaller stars and other floral motifs. There are several concentric borders with alternating bands of geomentric and floral motifs.

This piece was possibly used as a bedcover.


An army officer, who had been stationed in the Lake Lanao area on Mindanao, acquired the piece from Mr. Noros, a local resident. W. E. Healey purchased the piece from the officer. Denman W. Ross purchased the piece from Healey for $10. Ross donated the piece to the MFA on March 10, 1903.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection