blanket (textileworking: weaving)

Blanket, pua kumbu, formed by sewing together 2 warp-faced tabby-woven cotton textile panels along the selvedges. Each is decorated with an ikat panel in dark brown and cream on a reddish brown ground. This contains large four-pointed motifs in half drops, the edges clearly defined in dark brown. On the shorter sides the ikat panel is bordered by a band of dark brown between two cream bands, these bands themselves bordered by a row of triangular motifs each with a circular finial. A band of black and white chevrons between two narrow rows in white has been twined across the weft towards the end. The longer sides are bordered with a band of ikat in black on white between two sets of narrow stripes in black, green, red, yellow and and white, and on the outside wider stripes in white, black, green yellow and red. The colours in the main panel were probably achieved using natural dyes, with chemical dyes used for the border stripes. The ends of the warp have been twined in groups and knotted leaving a neat fringe.

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