Originally Posted by KuKulzA28
Atayal traditionally wove with rammie - a very laborious process.
Please pardon my adding some information on this excellent weapon, which I know you have expertise on, but there may be others (like me
who may not be aware of these weapons or terms. This very interesting weapon, which I now have found is a 'laraw', shows very nicely against this cloth.
I have read your previous comprehensive thread on the weapons of Taiwan (formerly Formosa) and the Atayal, who are the aboriginal natives there. I understand that 'rammie' is a plant fiber used in weaving scabbard straps?
I believe that the diamond type geometrics in the material represent the eye of the ancestors who are protective, the red color represents blood & power, and the horizontal lines have to do also with the spirits of ancestors. Obviously this is material I am just now searching, so I would defer to you and others who specialize in this field for more accurate descriptions.
These weapons certainly show well against traditional textiles!
All best regards,