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  • Place of origin:

    Philippines (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tubular skirts and dresses are worn in many parts of Asia and elsewhere in the world. This one is from the Philippines, and is worn by women of the Maranao people of Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines. The brilliant magenta and yellow bands, once the sole prerogative of royalty, are typical of the region, as are the tapestry-woven strips that join the pieces together horizontally and close the vertical seam. This technique, although woven by Muslim weavers in this case, appears to be a product of trade with China, where kesi, a similar technique, has a very long history. The designs on these tapestry-woven strips, however, reflect the Islamic love of geometric and stylized patterns rather than Chinese motifs.

Physical description

Woman's tubular skirt (malong landap) of silk, with silk tapestry-woven strips

Place of Origin

Philippines (made)


20th century (made)

Descriptive line

Silk skirt with split tapestry panels from Mindanao, the Philippines, dating from the twentieth century.; Costume, silk, Philippines, C20

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

pp.110-111 ill.
Dress in detail from around the world / Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson ; with contributions from Anna Jackson and Charlotte Horlyck ; photographs by Richard Davis, drawings by Leonie Davis. London: V&A Publications, 2002 Number: 1851773770 (hbk), 1851773789 (pbk)




Clothing; Textiles; Women's clothes


South & South East Asia Collection

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