Name: Aba-aba. Man's knapsack decorated with patchwork and embroidery. In this the man carries his betel nut outfit, extra clothes, and all articles necessary for the road. In the center of the outside is a design tabis- a bird. | Notes: Embroidered zigzag design is onsod. The patchwork zigzag in this specimen represents the bent rattan used in reckoning time. The small diamonds stand for stars. Inner lining is hemp cloth covered with red commercial cloth and embroidery. Strap usually passes over left shoulder and bag hangs at right side. | Drawings: - represent a comb such as women wear in their hair | imitates the brand used by maker's husband on his animals.; Full Description: Kalepi: Kalepi is a shoulder bag that can be used either by a man or a woman. Made of sinulaman (embroidered cloth), it has a color pattern indicating one's reputation in the tribe. black stands for wisdom while yellow stands for crop raising skills. Red is an imposing color; it encourages subservience among the people to avoid misfortune. The binakesan (densed) design of the strap signifies that the bag owner is culturally well-rooted. The zigzag patterns are believed to be a talahugka that enable the wearer to pacify disputes, a talahid-u that can earn him compassion, and a payaet-yaet that enables him to persuade and influence other people. [p. 56-57] Fieldwork number: 70; Other names: aba-aba; Field Museum Catalogue Number: 128031

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