Basket (Ulbong / Orpfong)

Inventory number SA 33518
Braided container with a lid that was used to store peeled or pounded rice. Before the advent of plastic and ceramic rice containers, every household owned one of these containers. The container was mainly used to protect the rice from unwanted insects and retained the rice's desired moisture and taste for days. Every household stored pounded rice so it was ready to cook. Such containers were kept in the traditional Ifugao house. It was common practice to keep this container filled with some rice. Today, similar containers are woven in Ifugao and other parts of the Cordilleras and given as ceremonial gifts to newlyweds. Text: Prof. Dr. Leah E. Abayao, Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio.

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