Square shape, with strings, and it’s edged with continuous embroidered rhombus patterns. (Translated by Sunnia Kao)

The Paiwan have a very strict social hierarchy system. The noble family were conferred the right to use exquisite decorative patterns, including those depicting the venerated snake, human head, human figure and the sun. These were used to distinguish between members of the tribal nobility and commoners and as such were imbued with a powerful social function. Decorative work flourishes for clothing included in-weaving, embroidery, bead work and applique. Traditional clothing was mainly blue and black in base color, whereas more modern ones can be a multitude of different colors; red, yellow, purple etc.(Text by Pai Lu Wu, translation by Chao Ling Kuo)

  • Catalogue Number: AT000515
  • Culture: Paiwan
  • Data Provider: National Taiwan Museum
  • Object Types: Clothing
  • Materials: Cotton
  • Measurements: 51cm x 83cm
  • From: Laiyi Clan (Zălăabŭs Clan)

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