W1578 – Old Ayotupas Betel 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 Ayotupas in the central highlands of West Timor.

The body of the bag is sprinkled with stripes of BUNA, a technique involving wrapping the thread around the warp as the fabric is being woven. KAIF motif which tells of the weavers clan and totemic guardian spirits. The handle has been custom plaited and the weaver has further embellished the mouth of the ALUK with decorative handmade balls.


18cm  x  16cm

7″  x  6.5″

110cm / 43″ handle.

Freight is additional. 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 go to Julies site www.timortreasures.com/julie or clik link under paypal sign on the left top of home page and look under Culture in Timor.


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