DECORATIVE ART 233
The weaving of decorative designs on cloth is almost confined to the Sea Dayaks. Some account of the designs will be given below.
Shells (chiefly nassas and the flat bases of cone-shells) are sometimes applied by the Iban women to decorate their woven coats, by Kalabits (in concentric circles on their sunhats), and more rarely by other tribes in the decoration of baskets (Fig. 48). Fig. 49 represents a garment decorated in this fashion by Iban women, and worn by them when dancing with the heads of enemies in their hands.
The Decorative Designs
The Kayans make use in their decorative art of a large number of conventional designs. The principal applications of , these designs are in tatu, beadwork, the production of panels of wood for the adornment of houses, tombs, boats, and padi barns, the decoration of bamboo boxes, and the painting of hats, and the carving of highly