Record metadata:

Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6480
KeywordsBasket with insert tray
DescriptionBaskets (malu bu'a, M) are used to place and serve betelnut (boe malu, M) to guests at cultural events such as the ‘dada ai uma lulik nian’ and ‘fetosan umane’ 'lia mate, lia moris', T. The lid or insert tray is called as 'malu bu'a gi no', M. The base is called 'malu bu’a gi mata', M. The basket features an unidentified pattern. The coloured fibres were woven on the outer basket once the basic structure had been woven. This technique of adding coloured fibres with create a pattern is called 'bore', M.'Ete sina' and 'teri sina' are terms that refer to vertically and horizontally woven fronds. The spine of the alasa, M, tali tahan, tali akar tahan, T (Corphya utan, L) frond was used to make the edge / rim of the malu bu’a so as to add structural strength. The repeated blanket stitch in green and purple fibres is a technique known as 'waleri'. This basket is also known as 'retiki' in Naueti language, in Uatolari, Viqueque District.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Uatolari, Uatocarbau, Viqueque District or Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypeBasket
Dimensions10 cm diameter 7 cm high
Use status in 2014Used occasionally
MaterialPalm fibres, akidiru, T (Borassus flabellier, L.) palm with synthetic dyes The spine of the alasa, M, tali tahan, tali akar tahan, T (Corphya utan, L) frond was used to make the edge / rim of the malu bu’a so as to add structural strength.
TechniqueHand woven
Institution/Holder: objectMuseum der Kulturen Basel
CollectorDr Alfred Bühler
Date CollectedAugust 1935
Place CollectedBaguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
File CopyrightMuseum der Kulturen Basel. Photograph taken by Joanna Barrkman, 2014
MKB/Buehler object titleKorb, G (basket) Malu bua, G Description: sirih - Pinang basket for women. Cylindrical, with 6- square bottom and shell- shaped insert lid. Sides and top of the lid green and purple patterned (bird motif).
NotesPeople only occasionally make baskets in Baguia now. In 2014 informants commented that people do mak
Production status in 2014Made occasionally
Timorese Language Term/sMalu bu'a, M Mama fatin, T

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