W1576 – Old Kapan Betel Nut Bag


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This men’s betel nut bag or ALUK as it is called by the local Atoni Timorese has been handwoven on a simple backstrap loom using commercial trade thread. From the village of Kapan in the central highlands of West Timor.

The entire body of the bag has been created by the weaver in a wrapping embroider thread technique commonly known around the world as KELIM. She has wrapped the thread around the warp as she is weaving to create a KAIF motif which tells of the weavers clan and totemic guardian spirits. Then created a central kelim or BUNA band with totemic symbols that match the handle. She has further lined the mouth of the ALUK with plain fabric and added strands of beads to complete this beautiful piece.

The handle is intact and sports one of the most beautifully executed fine kelim I have seen in a Timorese textile. The patterns that cascades along its length is a series of power symbols from an area in West Timor still feared for its head hunting prowess. C1950.

10cm wide x 15cm high.

6″ wide x 4″ high.

70cm / 27″ handle.

Freight is additional

Large Envelope 250g to 500g/8.9-17.6oz Airmail:

International = AU $17.50

Asia/Pacific & NZ = AU $12.50

Australia=$10.00 in prepaid satchel.

You are welcome to combine shipping. Insurance or registered additional.

Freight prices subject to change.

For more information about Betel nut and its place in Timorese society please click the Timor icon on the main menu and select Culture.


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