The story of PUA..
For centuries, pua has been an intrinsic part of Iban life. Most Ibans — the largest indigenous group in Sarawak — still live in longhouse settlements along main rivers and tributaries.
In the headhunting days, the woven cloth was used to honour the heads of slain enemies on the longhouse ruai. In the egalitarian Iban society, the highest prestige in the village went to the men who were the best headhunters and to women who were master weavers.
Pua is used as ceremonial cloths to mark milestones — from birth to marriage to funeral and afterlife. A newborn is swaddled in pua for his first bath in the river. When a relative dies, pua is hung up as curtains to shelter the body of the deceased. The textile marks the start of the farming festival, Gawai Batu, and is used to veil the altar (pandong) in farming rituals.
“In Iban language, pua means blanket and kumbu means a cover to wrap over your body,
(source: THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY)
Rorna Lidam (Young Pua Kumbu Weaver from Kapit,Sarawak) with Warisan Sarawak @LONDON Exhibition -Nov 2013 at ASIA HOUSE & TOBACCO DOCK..
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PUA KUMBU @TOBACCO DOCK LONDON(23-24th NOV 2013)
PUA KUMBU @SELAMAT PAGI MALAYSIA(19th NOV 2013)
|LONDON EXHIBITION PROMO@ RTM 1-SELAMAT PAGI MALAYSIA (19 th NOV 2013)|
PUA KUMBU @ASIA HOUSE LONDON(23th NOV 2013)
|with Rorna Lidam (Young Pua Kumbu Weaver from Kapit,Sarawak)@ASIA HOUSE LONDON|
Keeping the tradition alive!!
Many pua pieces in today’s market are fashioned as shawls, table runners and household decorations with ordinary patterns and not the taboo motifs,
|LONDON..Bird's eyes view|
|St. Pauls Cathedral LONDON -Nov 2013|
|The Louvre Museum in Paris-Dec 2013|
|PUA KUMBU@EIFFEL TOWER PARIS|
|PUA KUMBU@PARIS SEINE RIVER|
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