Monday, May 28, 2007

Ulos Batak --008

Ulos Mangiring

Material: Cotton
Region: Lake Toba
Dimensions: C. 25 x 62 inches

From the Batak people of central Sumatra, a handwoven ikat cloth called ulos mangiring. Ulos mangiring are always deep red or maroon and feature solid side panels and a central area defined with small pinstripes in different colors. The mangiring serves as the ulos parompa, or carrying cloth, that is presented by the maternal grandparents on the birth of their daughter's first child. It is also seen as a head cloth on festive occasions.

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