Philippines Head Cloth

This tapestry-woven head cloth, or “pis syabit”, is intended for a Tausūg man. The Tausūg people inhabit parts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia and belong to the larger Moro ethnic group. The patterned motif in various shades of purple, pink and gray is characteristically symmetrical and geometric. The adoption of tapestry weaving in this area has been attributed to the influence of the Chinese textile trade.

Circa: 19th century

Origin: Philippines

Material: cotton warp and silk weft

Condition: good condition with some previous repairs

Dimensions: 37" x 32"

Inventory number: TX4372



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