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April 12, 2005

'Textiles for This World and Beyond'


Turns out you aren't the only person who wonders, "what's it all about?"

The headhunters of Borneo did as well and the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. has a new exhibit offering bloody proof of it.


The show features the first exhibition of a group of 19th- to early 20th-century Southeast Asian textiles acquired by the museum over the past 25 years.

Among the items on display are pua, the special cloths that wrapped newly severed heads as they were carried up a ladder to a tribal longhouse.


The museum has cleaned the cloths as best it could without damaging them, but as curator Mattiebelle Gittinger said in Linda Hales's April 2 Washington Post review of the show, "Some of them are pretty messy."

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