A young Iban man in warrior headhunter regalia, including hornbill feather headdress, at Sarawak Cultural Village.
93 year-old Unding Anak Libau is perhaps the last of the headhunters. (As a soldier he killed 4 Philippino pirates in Sabah in the 1950s). He wears the traditional tattoos that mark a man as a warrior on his forearms rather than on his hands.
Heads hanging over the covered platform at Serubah longhouse, Sarawak.
An Iban man displays a collection of traditional tattoos along with more modern motifs. Most forms of Iban art are continually changing.
A young Iban man submits his body to hand-tapped tattoos, which he says will stand as a proud reminder of his peoples' beliefs and traditions.
Ngemah Ulu longhouse
Julius, the headman's son at Ngemah Ulu longhouse, shows off the bungai terung tattoos that mark an Iban man after he has undergone initiation by travelling.
The bungai terung tattoo traditionally marks an Iban man after he has undergone initiation by travelling.
Jungle guide Bayang inspects a fighting cock at Nanga Sumpa longhouse.
A pua kumbu with designs of Kumang, the Iban equivalent of Eve.
Dayak carvings on a ceremonial shield in Sarawak
BATIK BOUTIQUE HOTEL
BATIK BOUTIQUE HOTEL balances its chic minimalist image with soft furnishings embellished with Dayak motifs from many parts of Borneo island.
A 3-metre crocodile basks beside the mangrove forests on Sarawak's north coast.
Iban dog at Ngemah Ulu longhouse.
Even today the old city of Kuching - once capital of the White Rajahs - still seems to be carved out of the Borneo jungle.
Modern pua kumbu might often incorporate several different styles such as this masterpiece by Tun Jugah Foundation curator Janet Noel.
Missy Baseh painstakingly counts threads during the tying of the latest of 20 years worth of pua kumbu she has worked on at Tun Jugah Foundation.
The Tun Jugah Foundation is a living textile museum and is arguably the best place in the world to see the finest pua kumbu textiles.
“It’s not necessary to have the dreams,” says Agnes Lia Belon, "...I’m Christian so I prefer not to know what the spiritual significance is.”
Pucuk Rebung (bamboo sprouts) are often used to form a protective barrier to shield the weaver from the spirits within the textile.
A prize-winning pua kumbu on display at The Tun Jugah Foundation.
Kumang, the Iban equivalent of Eve and the deity who epitomizes ideal Iban womanhood.
The Tun Jugah Foundation boasts a fascinating museum of beads that hint at Borneo’s once important position on the world trade map.
The finest pua kumbu might take up to 2 years for a woman to complete.
A modern version of a hornbill - a common motif for all the Dayak tribes of Borneo - forms part of a giant mural on a wall at Sarawak Cultural Village.