Ceremonial cloth (pua)

Indonesian (Kalimantan)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Mahakam River, Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, East


106 x 213 cm (41 3/4 x 83 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, lemba plant fiber (duan doyo), natural dyes; plain weave, warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue-black, natural ecru and reddish-brown rectangular cotton and leaf fiber cloth with hand stitched crosswise hems. The primary design elements, created by ikat technique, are of bands of crosswise zigzags and concentric diamond shapes in natural ecru on blue-black ground with small color accents in orange and blue. There are wide bands of narrow stripes in light blue, blue-black, reddish-brown and natural ecru along each lengthwise edge. The piece is constructed of two woven lengths hand sewn together down the center.

Pua, which are used to define sacred spaces, are designed mainly to be hung rather than to be worn


Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund