The present Doodle, delineated by Depok-based guest artist Danu Fitra, observes Noken, the craft of traditional handmade bags that holds great cultural and socio-economic significance throughout Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua Provinces.
In recent years the span of this staple of Papuan heritage has gone under danger, yet following its expansion to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on this day in 2012, incredible steps have been taken to make sure about Noken’s maintainability for people in the future.
Noken bags are ordinarily produced using materials like tree fibers, bark, or leaves, which are handled into solid strings and afterward tied or woven together. This unpredictable handcraft has been gone down through the ages and requests refined material aptitude, committed consideration, and no deficiency of aesthetic vision. The finished result is a tough and flexible pack normally used to move and store things like food or kindling, and even to convey little kids or creatures!
Outside of its regular use, Noken has generally satisfied numerous social and monetary purposes also. For instance, Noken fills in as an symbol of social unification among in excess of 250 ethnic gatherings in the district; because of its worth, it very well may be utilized as a sort of reserve funds; and it regularly plays a symbolic role in the quiet goal of debates.
Here’s to an immortal craft that is inseparably woven into the fabric of Indonesian culture!