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MerMay day 23| Fabulous

(Malaysia)

Weaving is also known as the woman’s war in Iban culture. Pua Kumbu is the ceremonial cloth used to receive severed heads or in shamanic practices. When weaving Pua Kumbu, it is said that the blood red dye used could attracted spirits that bring death and trouble to the weaver or even to her longhouse. Because of this, these women too have tattoos on their bodies to protect themselves against the harmful spirits.

A culture from my hometown! Ibans used to be a terrifying head hunting tribe, but they’ve long stopped the head hunting practice and now live peacefully with the rest of us. Also. Their traditional clothes have more blings than rap vids 😎

The other drawing at the end is my rejected first attempt.