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Noken Papuan women's masterpiece to represent uterine elasticity

Papuan women have for centuries visualized what female reproductive organs are like and the elasticity of the uterus where their babies go through the perspective of local wisdom called Noken. So, this is not a pocket in general, but a special item of course!

Women in Papua walk passionately to reach the home after a day spent in the fields. They walk down the street and carry large bags hanging from their heads and dangle their backs. The knitted pouch was not lightweight which carried a load of tubers, vegetables, piglets, and some even used it to hold the baby.

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Papuan knitted pouches are named noken bag-like containers (but not bags) made from natural materials such as wood fibers or leaves. Authentic noken is made of twisted and woven roots that are very elastic in shape which accommodate even large dimensions of goods.

Noken has become a symbol of fertility as well as a symbol of life and peace for people in Papua and West Papua, especially in the Central Highlands such as the tribes of Mee, Damal, Yali, Lani and Bauzi. The Papuan people usually use manduam and nawa trees to create durable noken for years.

The material must be cleaned, twisted, knitted or woven to form harmonious patterns and bonds with each other. The process of making noken takes perseverance and patience as a mother's instinct. The making is complicated where knitting does not use machine. Colors produced by natural dyes. A noken takes 1-2 weeks and for large size takes up to 3 weeks.

The bonds of a noken support each other and are stronger to load items that are many times larger than the volume of the noken. This is certainly exactly like the elastic nature of smooth muscle tissue of the uterus that is able to contract and widen by stage.

Noken to load family treasures, agricultural produce, daily necessities as well as holding a baby. Small sized noken are usually used to carry personal items, while large ones to carry goods such as firewood and crops.

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Anyone can have a noken that is sold throughout the island of Papua. You may visit Sauwandarek Village in Wayag, Raja Ampat District to watch the women in Papua make noken. Women marry if they have been able to make noken as a value of maturity.

Noken has been registered by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of wisdom on December 4, 2012. UNESCO recognition is expected to encourage efforts to protect and develop the cultural heritage of noken owned by more than 250 ethnic groups in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

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