Home Ulos cloth typical of lake toba Ulos fabrics typical of Lake Toba is one of the Batak traditional craft which is very famous. Dominated fabrics in red, black, and white is usually woven with gold thread and silver. Previously, this fabric is only used as a scarf and gloves for couples kebaya, but at this moment has been modified so that the more attractive and economically valuable, for example be used as souvenir products, pillowcases, belts, bags, clothes, table cloth, tie, wallet , and curtain fabric.
Fabrics produced by home industry is how to manufacture and tool the same as making the typical Palembang songket. The craftsman, as he sat with patience, weaving strands of gold and silver-colored yarn to produce a beautiful ulos cloth and artistic. For the Batak, Cain Ulos not only be used for everyday wear, but also for traditional ceremonies. Use this fabric in general there are three ways, namely by siabithononton (used), sihadanghononton (wound in the head or can also be brought in), sitalitalihononton (wrapped around the waist). However, not all types of fabrics Ulos can be used in everyday activities. In everyday life, Batak men using sheath woven plaid, ropes and clothes-shaped brackets, black shirt, barefoot. For the Batak, Cain Ulos not just a fabric that serves to protect the body from the cold, but also serves a symbolic, especially those relating to customs Batak people. Cain Ulos of certain types of trust contains a mystical power and considered sacred and has the magical power to give protection to the wearer.
Cain Ulos also become an important part in traditional ceremonies Batak society. Where in a traditional ceremony Ulos fabrics are not used or replaced with another fabric, such as in ceremonies of birth, death, marriage, entered the house, or other traditional ceremonies, the implementation of traditional ceremonies became illegal. Ulos cloth has a wide variety of types, including: star maratur, ragiidup, Sibolang, ragihotang, mangiring, and sadum. Various types of these Ulos mempuyai level of complexity, value, and different functions. The more complicated the manufacture of a Ulos, then the higher value and the price is also more expensive.
Craftsmen Ulos fabrics are typical of Lake Toba Samosir Island, precisely in the Village Perbaba. Therefore in Samosir Island, the tourists who were heading to the village once sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of Lake Toba, the largest lake legendary in Southeast Asia. In addition, not far from the village of Perbaba, there is a museum of traditional Batak Simanindo Huta Bolon. The museum is exhibiting a variety of legacy equipment Raja Batak, one of which is a collection of fabrics Ulos with diverse motives. To achieve Perbaba Village, visitors can go through the route of Medan, Berastagi or through any route of Medan-Parapat which is approximately 176 km with a travel time of approximately four hours with two-wheel drive or four. From Parapat, visitors can continue the journey, across Lake Toba by ferry. Prices vary in fabrics Ulos ranging from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the type ulosnya.
Quoted from : http://t-indonesia.com/kolom/wforum.cgi?no=1025&reno=no&oya=1025&mode=msgview&list=new