THE ALU BAG
These unique and approximately 50-year aged bags, named Kakalu or in short Alu, are worn by ethnic tribes in the region Soe, on the island West Timor, Indonesia. These delicately woven and handmade bags are used by the people to carry sirih, betelnut and chalk or tobacco with them. The combination sirih, betelnut, chalk and tobacco is a typical substance to chew on in the East, which works as a stimulant, known as ‘Betel-chewing’. These bags are often worn to gatherings, parties or meetings and function as a conversation starter to share each other’s betel-chewing habits.