The Ritual Cloth

The community of Rumah Gare is home to a long line of anointed master weavers of the fabled pua kumbu. The ‘cover cloth’ of the Iban ethnic group, the pua kumbu have been dream-woven for generations.

30 ladies strong, this remote longhouse of weavers extract leaves, roots and branches from the rainforest in the vicinity of their home, to treat and dye their threads.

Pua kumbu in indigo dye – single colour

Pua kumbu in engkudu (morinda citrifolia) dye and indigo dye – 2 colours)

Pua kumbu in akar penawar landak dye and indigo dye – 2 colours