Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

A Young Dancer from Nias with Headdress

Traditionally such headdresses would have been made of gold sheet metal. This young man is wearing one made of gold-colored paper. The shape represents the tree of life, a common symbol found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. The symbol predates Islam and is related to the indigenous animist traditions.

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Comment by Edith D on September 13, 2017 at 9:10

His clothing is made from bark cloth and the back of his vest has a silhouette of a tree of life that matches the headdress.

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