Ginuttu (Polished shell belt)

Annotated May 6 2024
Belt that was worn by men and consists of disc-shaped shell rings. The shells were attached with a combination of cotton thread, bark thread and rattan. The rings droop when worn by men. A large shell is attached in the middle, where a band holds all the jewelry with the belt to the scabbard. The number of shells and length of the belt vary. It is a very valued property among the Ifugao and only the wealthy elite wear a ginutto at celebrations such as wedding ceremonies. These materials are now considered to be heirlooms. The materials for the production of these decorative elements are no longer available. Today, however, these decorative elements are widely reproduced and worn at cultural festivals. Text: Prof. Leah E. Abayao,

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