Ulos Batak Mangiring from the Toba Batak
Ulos is a name given to traditional textile (Wastra) woven by the Batak people of North Sumatra. Each ulos was created to play a special role and has its own ceremonial significance within the Batak culture and tradition.
In the olden days, all Ulos were produced using back strap loom, hand-woven traditionally to achieve high quality textile. Ulos were made for significant ceremonial purposes, and to hand down to future generations as family heirlooms. Ulos are normally worn at special events, like births, weddings, funerals and other special events.
The Ulos here, called “Mangiring” is normally given to a new born, a first child or grandchild with wishes that this child will be a true role model for his future siblings. The cloth would then be used as a baby sling by the mother. Ulos mangiring also often used as head scarf (bandana) by men.
Ulos mangiring has fairly simple designs of arrowhead shapes and if woven using silk threads would make a great scarf as a beautiful fashion element in today’s modern society.