headcloth

Man's cotton headcloth. It is made from a metre square piece of traditionally woven cloth - called 'kain dastar' - which, when folded, is made into a 'tubau' (Illanun name), a 'sigga' (Kadazan name) or a 'dastar' (Malay name). The central imagery has a horizontal row of red, yellow, pink, white, orange and green chickens flanked by a row of buffaloes worked in the same colours. These in turn are flanked by two horseriders (the upper ones facing right, the lower ones left). A yellow horse follows a white one, with riders dressed in red and orange trousers respectively. All wear a red hat. This image is surrounded by two main 'guards' of multi-coloured diamond, floral and other geometric motifs. The discontinuous supplementary weft patterning is worked on a black, open tabby woven ground (several fold in the weft). The textile is trimmed with a gold-coloured tabby woven band.

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