areca nut bag

A betel bag for bride wealth, for 'kenoto' ceremony, made from cotton dyed with vegetable dyes. The textile was woven by Eu Dane after seeing a photograph of a 'sirih' (betel) bag collected for the RMV Leiden in the 1930s. The bag is woven in warp-faced plain weave in one continuous length. The narrower section is patterned through alternating red and blue-black ribbed bands; this is used as the handle. The wider section is patterned with red and blue-black stripes. Each red stripe is bisected and framed by sets of three white stripes. These appear raised as a number of threads are used as a single warp thread. This part is folded in half, and sewn together along each selvedge. The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and Morinda citrifolia (red).

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