Weavers’ Aesthetic Perception on the Visual Complexity of Pua Kumbu Design Motifs : An Exploratory Study

Wan Juliana, Emeih Wahed and Noorhayati, Saad and Saiful Bahari, Hj Mohd Yusoff and Patricia Pawa, Pitil (2021) Weavers’ Aesthetic Perception on the Visual Complexity of Pua Kumbu Design Motifs : An Exploratory Study. In: DESIGN DECODED 2021 Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Industries & Creative Culture, 24-25 August 2021, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Visual complexity can offer a unique direction on how perceivers react and shape their aesthetic perceptions, relying on the art’s formalistic elements and visual content. This study aims to evaluate the weavers’ aesthetic perception of the complexity of the Pua Kumbu design motifs. The complicated art piece was highlighted as the Iban identity, which resembles the Iban’s way of life, beliefs, taboos, and surroundings hidden in the textile patterns. The weaver’s interpretation is its success in transferring the knowledge to the perceivers as they are the storyteller of this majestic art piece. The complexity of the symbols presented in the design motifs contributes to the lack of interest, especially among the young generation, in understanding these motifs' meaning. Thus, a qualitative approach was used to explore the weavers’ perception of the design motifs’ complexity using interviews in structured and unstructured questions. The findings contributed to a basic understanding and the sustainability of traditional human values, hoping that the textile as a valuable heritage will survive and remain relevant for the long term.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aesthetic Perception, Design Motifs, Intangible Heritage, Pua Kumbu, Visual Complexity.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 01:39
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023 01:41
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/41178

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