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Noken Handcraft of the People of Papua. ©Indonesia. Centre for Research and Development of Culture 1970
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Noken Handcraft of the People of Papua

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Noken is a knotted net or woven bag handmade from wood fibre or leaves by communities in Papua and West Papua Provinces of Indonesia. Men and women use it for carrying plantation produce, catch from the sea or lake, firewood, babies or small animals as well as for shopping and for storing things in the home. Noken may also be worn, often for traditional festivities, or given as peace offerings. The method of making Noken varies between communities, but in general, branches, stems or bark of certain small trees or shrubs are cut, heated over a fire and soaked in water. The remaining wood fibre is dried then spun to make a strong thread or string, which is sometimes coloured using natural dyes. This string is knotted by hand to make net bags of various patterns and sizes. The process requires great manual skill, care and artistic sense, and takes several months to master.


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Place/Country: Indonesia
Series: 2012 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
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Credits: Indonesia. Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, producer ; Indonesia. Ministry of Culture and Tourism, producer. Government of the Province of Papua, co-producer ; Community of Noken Handcraft, co-producer.

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