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langkit (decorative cloth strip)
  • Maranao peoples
  • langkit (decorative cloth strip), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • cotton string, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 178 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 70 1/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5045

The length of woven cloth has a red-purple field. The long edges are decorated with shapes in white, dark blue, green and orange. The field is decorated with designs suggesting plant forms:
1. Dark yellow and dark green flower-like shapes with green and white curlicues over the top of a dark yellow chevron and dark yellow curlicues going down and green leaf-like shapes on the outside.
2. Three dark green and white flower-like shapes over a yellow cross with two curlicues on each arm and an extension of each arm in dark blue. The horizontal arms are shorter than the vertical arms.
3. A white cross-like shape with two curlicues on each arm and a triangular shape in the middle of the two vertical arms. Green curlicues in the negative space, embellished with orange and dark blue curliecues.
4. A green triangular outline with crulicues and white embellishments. Two dark blue plant-like forms below, embellished with dark yellow swishes.
5. A green heart-like design with orange "v's" inside. A white triangle above with white curlicues. Pink leaf-like shapes alongside the white triangle.
The above shapes are repeated in different color combinations, drawing from dark yellow, blue, dark green, green and white.