Flaming Red Cloth: Color and Design in the Weaving of the Iban of Borneo

December 14, 2005 - March 26, 2006

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents a select grouping of works from 170-plus Indonesian textiles donated by The Christensen Fund to the Cantor Arts Center in 2000.  The exhibit features half-a-dozen textiles from the Iban people of Borneo.

"Iban societies value personal achievement; leadership roles are earned though individual prowess and skill," said Gerry Masteller, the exhibition's guest curator.  "Some of Iban women's highest accomplishments are within the domain of textile weaving, their design, and dyeing.  This show illustrates the skill of these women in creating textiles that are considered efficacious and potent as ceremonial art forms."

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Malaysia, Iban
Large Ceremonial Blanket (pua kumbu), 19th century
Cotton plain weave with natural dyes, warp ikat, 99-1/2 x 72 inches
Gift of the Christensen Fund, 2000.410