Noken

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Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of Papua
Noken Indonesia.jpg
A noken bag
CountryIndonesia
Reference619
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription2012 (7th session)
ListUrgent safeguarding

Noken is a multifunctional knotted or woven bag, native to the Papua. Its distinctive usage, which involves being hung from the head, is traditionally used to carry various goods, and also children. In 2012, noken was listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists as a cultural heritage of Indonesia.[1] Women carrying noken are still a common sight in Wamena.[2]

In several areas of Papua, noken – instead of the usual ballot box – is preferred as a way to place ballots, where it is recognized as a ballot tool in the Papua regional leadership elections.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of Papua", Inscribed in 2012 (7.COM) on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding". UNESCO. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ Transforming Wamena into Papua’s tourism icon Archived 2013-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Papuans in remote areas prefer `noken' to ballot box
  4. ^ Papua rules on ‘noken’