NIAS NECKLACES

A ‘Kalabubu’ is the name of the necklace that is worn by the men from the island Nias, which is near the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia. These men were only allowed to wear the Kalabubu if they had taken a head from another tribe. The wearer, also called a headhunter or warrior, symbolizes masculinity, prestige and it provided protection to their community. The material that the Kalabubu is made of depends on your status. The commoners would wear the circular form made of coconut disks and finished with either brass or gold terminals. In the north of Nias the high ranking men would wear a more exclusive Kalabulu on festive occassions like the Owasa Feast, made of gold or brass.  The Owasa feast is a feast of merit, the feast maker feeds all relatives, villagers and even neighbouring villagers to get the acknowledgement and confirmation of his social status.

 

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  • Kalabubu Besar
    Kalabubu Besar

    This Kalabubu is fairly large and oval of shape. It is made of coconut discs joint together by brass. Its origin is from the island Nias, near the West coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Dimensions:
    height: 31 cm
    width: 24 cm
    diameter…

    € 135,00
  • Kalabubu Kecil
    Kalabubu Kecil

    This Kalabubu is a round shape and made of coconut discs joint together by brass. Its origin is from the island Nias, near the West coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Dimensions:
    height: 24,5 cm
    width: 22 cm
    diameter of the widest…

    € 99,00
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