Hemp cloth

American colonial period
about 1900

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


Overall: 238.8 x 198.1 cm (94 x 78 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca), pigment; plain weave, printed or painted

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large, natural ecru hemp cloth with painted or printed overall design and hand-stitched hems on crosswise ends. The primary motifs, in red, black, yellow and greenish gray, include a central star flower filled with circles, stars and ovals surrounded by smaller stars and other geometric forms. There are four concentric borders made up of bands of alternating diamond containing simple crosses and triangles.

This piece was possibly used as a bedcover


Acquired by an army officer, who was stationed in the Lake Lanao region of Mindanao, from Mr. Noros, who lived locally. W. E. Healey purchased the piece from the officer. Denman W. Ross purchased it from W. E. Healey for $10. Gift to MFA on March 10, 1903.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection