The Sacred Journey showcases the remarkable silk ikat cloths produced by the Iban women weavers of Rumah Garie in Sarawak.
The weavers practise a time-consuming tie-and-dye resist technique using natural ingredients to produce ceremonial blankets of exquisite beauty, and other contemporary products such as shawls and tailored clothes. Beyond displaying the finest examples of pua kumbu, this exhibition highlights both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Iban people.
Making use of multimedia and interactive methods such as weaving looms, films, lectures and storyboards, this show captures the different stages of yarn and dye preparation and weaving techniques through in-gallery demonstrations. Folklore animations, stories, ritual and symbolism behind the vocabulary of pua kumbu motifs will also be presented.