This is an old woven Grass and Fabric Betel Nut Container from Timor in Indonesia. Betel nut Chewing in Timor holds great significance and has reached ritual like proportions. Betel Nut Containers (Aluk) some elaborately decorated, while others are simply sporting traditional Timorese designs. The hand-woven cloth betel bag is used mainly by men and is called an Aluk. These hand-woven bags can be elaborate or plain. Women use grass and fabric woven bags called Mama Tas. Betel nut containers are hand crafted using grass, fabric, beads, bamboo, wood, bone, coconut, gourds or buffalo horn. They are quite specific in use and some hold the betel nut, tobacco and siri, and some also hold lime powder and are decorated as well. No two are ever the same. This is a woman's grass and woven fabric container and it is just lovely. This would be a unique gift as well a wonderful addition to your collection.
Collected in the Field. Shows age, but in good condition.
7 1/2" around
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