Ceremonial cloth (pua, ulap doyah)

Indonesian (Kalimantan, Bahau)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Kutei River, Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, Southeastern


76 x 119.1 cm (29 15/16 x 46 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue-black (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton and leaf fiber cloth with narrow hand stitched crosswise hem at each end. The primary design element, created by ikat technique, is of stylized and elongated crocodiles in natural ecru on a blue-black ground, with pink, orange and blue-green color accents. There are wide bands of narrow stripes in pink, orange, blue-green 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 a sacred space, are designed mainly to be hung rather than to be worn.


A. J. C. van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund