Abaca cloth

American colonial period
about 1900

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


Overall: 210.8 x 838.2 cm (83 x 330 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca) plain-weave, painted or printed pigments

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large abaca cloth created by hand-stitching several pieces together with overall design of zigzag bands filled with stylized floral motifs, deep points, diamonds, rosettes and scrolling arabesques along the border in red, black and yellow on a natural ecru ground; hand-stitched hems. Natural colored hemp on which are painted or printed many borders and panels. The designs consist of scrolls, deep points, diamonds, rosettes and diagonal bands filled with conventional floral ornament. On one end are panels of conventional symmetrical floral ornament. The colors are red, yellow, black and white.

This piece may have been used as a bedcover.


Acquired by an army officer, who was stationed in the Lake Lanao area on Mindanao, from Mr. Noros, a local resident. Mr. W.E. Healey purchased it from the officer and the donor, Denman W. Ross, purchased it from Healey for $10; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA on March 10, 1903

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection