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    Pua (blanket). Warp ikat. Circa 1940. Likely made by Iban people from West Kalimantan, west of Badau along the border; Iban who stayed behind during the great westward migration into Sarawak at the end of the 18th c.
    Kain kebat (skirt cloth). Warp ikat. Late 19th - early 20th c. Ketungau river people.
    Kain kebat (skirt cloth). Warp ikat. Early 20th c. Kantu (Kantuk).
    Kain kebat (skirt). Warp ikat. Late 19th to early 20th c. Mualang.
    Kain kebat (skirt cloth). Warp ikat. 19th to early 20th c. Ketungau river people, West Kalimantan.

Kalimantan - home of Kantu and other fine weavers

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Kalimantan is the Indonesian, and by far the largest part of Borneo. It is the home of several Iban tribes, all living in the north-westerly part of the island. They produce ikat which is both of very high quality, and generally rarer than that of the Iban living across the border in Serawak. Please refer back to the Borneo page for more information.

Ulap doyo - unique to the Benuaq tribe

A very special type of ikat is made by the Dayak Benuaq tribe who live in Cape Isuy, Samarinda, East Kalimantan. The fiber used is taken from doyo, a short tree of the Pandanus genus which grows abundantly in the area. The fiber is tough yet not too rough, and lends itself well to making yarn. Older examples of ulap doya ikat are hard to come by. As yet we do not have any in our collection. Modern pieces are made with chemical dyes and tend to be brightly coloured.



There is precious little literature on the ikat of Kalimantan. Most of what we have is contained in three articles, one by Richard Allen Drake who spent time with the Mualang, and two by John Kreifeldt, which, apart from providing background information, also show truly excellent Kantu, Ketungau and Mualang kain kebat. Heribert Amann's book on his famous collection, Textiles from Borneo, Iban Kantu Ketungau and Mualang Peoples, has almost no information, just wonderful images. The near total lack of information means that an entire culture is disappearing almost without a trace as the clear-cutting of forest continues and habitat disappears.

Map of Kalimantan

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