CILACAP.INFO – Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Depok-based guest artist Danu Fitra, celebrates Noken, craft of traditional handmade bags that holds great cultural and socio-economic significance throughout Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua Provinces. In recent years longevity of this staple of Papuan heritage has come under threat, but following its addition to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on this day in 2012, great strides have been taken to secure Noken’s sustainability for future generations.
Noken bags are typically made from materials like tree fibers, bark, or leaves, which are processed into strong threads and then knotted or woven together. This complex handcraft has been passed down through generations and demands refined tactile skill, dedicated care, and no shortage of artistic vision. The end product is a durable and versatile bag commonly used to transport and store things like food or firewood, and even to carry small children or animals!
Outside of its everyday use, Noken has traditionally fulfilled many social and economic purposes as well. For example, Noken serves as a symbol of cultural unification among more than 250 ethnic groups in region! due to its value, it can be used as a type of savings! and it often plays a symbolic role in peaceful resolution of disputes.
Here’s to a timeless craft that’s inextricably woven into fabric of Indonesian culture!
Guest Artist Q&A with Danu Fitra
Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Depok-based guest artist Danu Fitra. Below, he shares his thoughts behind making of this Doodle:View All