tube skirt

Woman’s warp-faced cotton tube skirt, kain indu’, or kain kebat, in handwoven cotton cloth coloured with natural and chemical dyes. It has a broad main panel divided into bands of an ikat design, each flanked by bands containing plain stripes in several colours. This main panel also flanked on each side by a band of stripes, the outermost in plain white, red, yellow, green and black, these bands also containing three narrow bands of ikat in the same materials as the main panel. The warp ends are hand-stitched together to form a tube, so that when worn the stripes would have become horizontal bands. The ikat designs are in beige, reddish brown and black against a reddish brown and black ground. There is a wide band near each selvedge in dark grey. Undup Iban, Sarawak.

woman's garment also used for carrying special things on ceremonial occasions

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