A beautiful example of Ifugao Igorot Hunterís Backpack locally known as "Inabnutan" with outstanding use patina circa 1950's up to early 70' or 80's. Made from split rattan with bamboo reinforcements in the inside and at the base, it was covered with "Abnut" Palm fibers to make the basket backpack rainproof. With very nice dark, reddish-brown patina from daily usage and years of exposure to the soot of a typical Igorot house.
This is a smaller version of the backpack # 2 as the two were marked with the same name usually. This is probably made for his son because it is smaller in size and the strap is shorter. Comparing the two backpacks this one's back is blacker from soot but minimal signs of use while the bigger one has lighter color but with much signs of use indicative the bigger one has been used often.
All baskets we are selling are not cleaned, if cleaned these would look really great in your display specially if waxed properly, I'll leave the thrill to you. The actual item are definitely more beautiful than the pictures.
Type of Object: Ifugao Basket Backpack
Local Terms: "Inabnutan"
Ethnic Group: Ifugao ( Igorots or Cordillerans) of Northern Luzon Philippines
Country of Origin: Philippines
Materials: Rattan, Bamboo, Abnut Fibers
Dimensions: (Approximate) Height: 20" / Width (base): 6" / Length: 19" / Weight: Approximately 1.40kg if packed could reach up to 2 - 3kg. If I pay less than 53$ on shipping at the Post office you will be refunded on the excess.
The "Inabnutan" takes its name from a fiber called abnut, which is processed from the leaf stalk of a bangi palm. The basket is covered with this fiber in order to repel the rain. Baskets of this type were formerly used by ifugao men when journeying far from their home village. On the outbound journey, the pack held the hunter's provisions, including perhaps a jar of rice beer with which to make offerings to insure a successful hunt. If luck and skill prevailed, the men returned to the village with their packs filled with meat. (Basketry of the Luzon Cordillera., Philippines)
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