Kalinga clothing is brightly coloured. Men wear jackets, blankets, and loincloths, while women don jackets, skirts, and belts. This type of skirt cloth is a gilamat, and it is characterised by horizontal stripes bordered by decorated vertical panels along the sides. Some are embroidered and embellished with beads and shells. While the gilamat originated in one part of the central mountain area on the Philippine island of Luzon, it is now generally used among the Kalinga people across the highland region.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011
Woven skirt cloth
cotton, shells, beads; brocade
77.5 x 103.0 cm
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2005
Not on display