Ulos is typical of Batak-shaped woven shawl, which symbolizes the bond of affection between parents and children or between a person and others, as shown in the hobo philosophy, which reads: "Ijuk pengihot ni hodong." Ulos penghit ni Halong, which means the fibers in the stem and midrib fastener fastener ulos affection among fellow.
At first Ulos function is to warm the body, but now Ulos have a symbolic function for other things in all aspects of the life of the Batak. Ulos not be separated from the life of the Batak. Each ulos have 'mercury' on their own, it means having the nature, circumstances, functions, and relations with certain things or objects.
In view of the Batak tribe, there are three elements that bases in human life, namely blood, breath, and heat. Two previous element is a gift from God, while the third element is not the case. The heat given the sun is not enough to fend off the cold air in the Batak tribe settlements, even more so at a time when malam.Menurut view Batak tribes, there are three sources that provide heat to the men, the sun, fire and Ulos. Ulos menyihatkan function gives the heat loss and pleasant thoughts, so we happily made.
Among the Batak often heard 'mengulosi' which means giving Ulos, or warm with ulos. In the Batak people trust, if (Tondi) also need diulos, so that hard-spirited men who have the properties of masculinity and heroism, and women have the properties of resistance against witchcraft and sterility.
In the case mengulosi, there are rules that must be complied with, among others, people should only be those which, according kerabatan mengulosi are below it, for example, parents may mengulosi children, but children should not be mengulosi parents. So in principle kekerabatn Batak called 'Dalihan tolu Na', which consists of the elements of hula-hula Boru, and dongan sabutuha, a Boru in no way justified mengulosi hula-hulanya. Ulos given in mengulosi sebarangan should not, either in kind or how to make it.
si gale-gale dancer wearing Ulos

As one example, ulos ragidup which will be given to Boru who will give birth to her eldest son must meet certain requirements, namely ulos-called 'ulos sinagok'. To menulosi pembesr or guest kehurmat, 'Ulos ragidup silingo', ie ulos given to those who can provide protection (mangalinggomi) to others. Based on mercury, known for several kinds ulos:
1. Ulos ragidup the highest degree, very difficult to manufacture. Ulos consists of three parts, the two sides that are woven together, and a middle section which is woven with a very complicated individual. Ata middle part consists of three parts, namely the middle or body, and two other part as the edge of the frame man (pinarhalak hana) and the edge of the frame of women (pinarhlak-Boru Boru). Each frame was given a wide range of paintings, among others 'antiganting sigumang', batuhi ansimun, etc..
Color, painting, and the style (yeast) to give the impression as if ulos truly alive, so orng call it 'ragidup', namely the symbol of life. Every household has Batak ulos ragidup. In addition to the symbol of life, ulos blessing is also a symbol for happiness in life, especially in terms of offspring, ie a lot of kids (Gabe) for each family and a long life (Saur sarimatua). In a traditional wedding ceremony, ulos ragidup orng given by parents of the bride to the groom's mother as 'ulos pargomgom' whose meaning for this besannya idzin Almighty God above can still be through with her son-son of the giver ulos earlier.
2. Ulos ragihotang also includes a high degree, but not as complex as a way of making ragidup ulos. Hotang mean rattan, and mercury ulos has features that can be followed from the fourth umpasannya. Ulos is used to mengulosi someone who is considered petty in the hope that God will give good results, and those who work diligently. In the ceremony of death, ulos is used to wrap the body, whereas the second funeral, to wrap his bones. Ulos ulos Sibolang also classified as a high degree, even how to make it more simple.
3. Ulos Sibolang originally called Sibolang because dibeikan to those who contributed to 'mabulangbulangi' (respect) their parents mengulosi penggantin women to the groom's father as 'ulos pansaniot'. In a marriage party, there used to be a habit to give 'ulos siholang the toluntuho' by the parents of the bride to the martial-law as ulos (ulos-law). In this toluntuho ulos the apparent raginya a portrait of three tuho (portion) which is a symbol Dalihan Na Tolu.
Mengulosi son-in-law meant that he was always careful with friends semarga, and understand who should dihurmati; give hurmat to all relatives of the wife, and gentle toward his family. In addition, this ulos given to a woman who lives off her husband as a sign menghurmati services during the deceased's wife. Ulos Pembeian is usually done during the ceremony bekabong, and thus also be a sign to the woman that free he had become a widow. Ulos, ulos others used in traditional ceremonies, among others, 'ulos meratur' with stripes motif of a portrait of a bird or a star-structured basis.
Usually this ulos used as 'ulos parompa' in the hope that after the first child born to follow the birth of other children as much as a bird or a star is depicted in ulos. Another type is' botik yeast, yeast angkola, sirata, silimatuho, holean, light pumpkin-squash, etc.. From the small of the cost of manufacture, ulos can be differentiated into three categories:
- Ulos nametmet, the length and width is much smaller, is not used in traditional ceremonies, but for everyday wear. Included in this group include ulos sirampat, yeast huting, namarpisaran, and so forth.
- Ulos nabalga; is high or the highest grade ulos. Ulos this type generally used in traditional ceremonies as formal wear or as ulos submitted or accepted. Included in this group are: Sibolang, runjat jobit, ragidup or yeast living, etc.. How to wear ulos vary depending on the situation.
Some people wear ulos dibahunya (intercepted or sampe-sampe) as the use of scarves kebaya; there who take it as a sarong (diabithon), there is a pat on the head wrapped (dililitohon) and some are strictly tied waist. The meaning and function of the woven fabric shawl is typical of Batak from the past until now has not changed, except for some variation, adjusted for socio-cultural Events. Ulos now not only serves as a symbol of warming and affection, but also as a symbol of status symbol of communication, and a symbol of solidarity.