West Timor Betel Nut Bag called "Aluk"
Among the Antoni of West Timor, the traditional man's costume always included a twined and woven bag called Aluk. This bag contained his Betel Nut paraphenalia and was further personalized with items for use and sometimes protection. This vintage example is banded at the top withDutch trade beads. The sides have three inch twin fringe, the center band is conch shells and the bottom has 16 copper Indonesian coins with dates between 1942 and 1945 hanging on beaded suspensions.The items attached to the bag are two beaded, woven containers, a leather quirt, hard wood spoon and a whistlr ?. Showing wear from use and age but a terrific example of another time in Indonesian history.