A rare find, a large version of the “Kupit”, which are typically small and traditionally used for personal effects—tobacco, documents, food, betel chew—by the Bontoc people of the Mountain Province in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Photographs typically show men wearing these. Wear as a sling or shoulder purse. Single compartment, with a lid that slides up the strap.
Handmade using rattan, with a plaited edge and wooden base. Sturdy and meant to last for years and passed on. These are smoked above a hearth and waxed to give it a dark patina and to strengthen, making it more resilient to breakage and bugs. Smoked baskets are seen to be of greater beauty and value.
*Note that upon initial use, the smoked wax may transfer. This will fade over time, but wiping down with a dry rag may help speed up the process.
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