Lontar storage boxes from Lombok
These extraordinary boxes were made by the Muslim Sasak people of Lombok. Dated from between 1920 and 1940, they were originally intended to store and carry wedding clothes.
The box is made of light wood, bark and split bamboo, with the lontar, or palm leaves. The dried lonnar leaves are strong and flexible. First the craftsman dye them in bold colours, for example brown, purple, red and ark green were colours that they would use. Then they cut and glued the lontar leaves to the surface of the boxes in lively geometric patterns accented with stitched lines of white cowrie shells. The lid of the box is covered with a bark pattern in two tones.
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