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Akusan Belt Decorative Accessory

Vintage

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Philippines

$325

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The Akusan is a women's belt of the Bontoc people of the northern mountainous provinces of the Philippines – in fact, Bontoc means mountain in the Bontoc language. An animist tribe that subsisted on hunting, fishing, and farming, the Bontoc were also known as ferocious fighters who often warred with rival tribes. This belt is made from handwoven, indigo-dyed linen cloth strung with shells and coiled brass. A symbol of status, the akusan was worn by a female family member of the village chieftain or a venerated warrior. A hidden pouch would have been used to carry small valuables or animistic talismans.

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