Basket Backpack (Ifugao)

From rattan; On a stand made of bamboo (length: 25cm, width: 20cm), the diagonal two-way weave is made into a twill weave to form a double-walled, open basket; both basket walls taper conically upwards, but with a flattened tip. An approximately heart-shaped mesh of the same type is attached to one of the outer walls of the basket and protrudes 2.5 cm above the wall of the basket. The outward-facing side of the attachment and the part of the outer wall of the basket that is still visible below are densely covered with tufts of black plant fibers, on which the rain runs off. All edges of the basket and the flap are reinforced. Carrying straps tied from rattan go through eyelets at the bottom of the two basket sides directly above the frame, are attached to the upper tips of the heart-shaped attachment and end at the tip of the outer basket wall. This basket is used in some areas of the Ifugao area for the transport of personal effects on longer journeys. It is carried on the back like a backpack. (Vanoverbergh 1929: 181-242)
Lit .: Vanoverbergh, M .: Dress and Adornment in the Mountain Province of Luzon, Phil.Islands. In: Publ. Of the Cath. Anthrop. Conf. Vol.1, No.5 1929
Kohnen, Norbert, 1986, Igorot, everyday life and traditional ways of healing among Filipino mountain tribes, Triltsch Verlag Düsseldorf, p. 80; according to this, such a backpack is called "bangaw"

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