Textile (Mandaya)

Cloth woven from abaca fibre, with human and crocodile motifs in warp ikat in red and brown dyes against the natural colour of the abaca within warp stripes. A double set of narrow stripes along each selvedge. Across the middle of the cloth is a plain brown band where the warp threads went around the frame during tying prior to dyeing. The extreme ends have been cut, as if taken from a longer length though this was probably not the case. Sheen on both sides. Mandaya people. Davao province, Mindanao, Philippines (AF86) See Fraser-Lu: Handwoven Textiles of Southeast Asia 1988. page 166.

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