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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:05 am 

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Dear Pamela,

Finally, I could get jpeg photos of one of the two pua I posted on the forum some time ago. (See ... .php?t=914 - Pamela)
According to the dealer this pua comes from Saratok area. I didn’t find other pua referred to this area to make comparison. Normally Ibans from this area belong to the Saribas group. But when Saribas threads are very thin, here they are thick and weaving is heavy. Holes and cracks let show threads of a strange flashy pink which seemed use for the weft.
Another particularity is that the pua is missing the stop strip line we usually find at top and bottom. May be the pua has been worn out and lost these parts on both sides. But the fringes show a regular cut and the longer threads have been plaited.

I was intrigue by the mixed quality of this pua. Despite the usual holes it doesn’t seem very old and, at first glance, look technically “poor” because of its simple bi-chromy white and red (raspberry) without dark “shadows”. But in another hand, it shows (to my opinion) esthetical qualities in its general composition, its dynamical and rhythmical aspect and a precise drawing which seems perfectly mastered.
Considering the border strips is also interesting. Not less than 15 for each side, playing symmetrically around two ikated strips (of alternating spots) a game of white, clear, medium and dark pink. In fact it is a false symmetry with a thin strip of the same tone of the central field “inside” and a wider strip of medium pink “outside” to finish. This makes evident a great sense of equilibrium efficiently managing the “passage” from the centre field to the “outside”.

Of course I was attracted by the divided pattern (bali belumpong) which according to Traude Gaving is one of the most powerful and high ranking pattern for the Saribas. As in plate 54 in Gavin (1996) we can notice the combination of divided pattern with leek pattern and human figures (here men with earrings and feathers of head-hunters.

Certainly, I have a limited knowledge in Iban textiles and it is the reason why I find this pua quite unusual and attractive. I hope you will enjoy it too and help me to understand better its particularity.

Best regards,


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