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Ifugao hunter's backpack, "inabnutan"
Luzon Island, Philippines
Rattan, bamboo and palm fiber
c.a early 20th century
size (basket only) H 12" x L 11.5" (base) 14" (top) x W 6"
size (overall) H 21" x L 15" (base) 21" (top) x W 8"
Note: One strap holder broke so it was replaced with cord - see photo with arrow
This backpack would have been worn by a man on a long hunting journey. The basket portion of the backpack is worn so that it is sheltered between the pack and the man’s back. It would carry food and other necessities for the hunter’s trip and, if the trip was prosperous, it would be filled with meat upon return to the village. The layers of palm fiber are decorative and serve to protect the wearer from environmental conditions, most importantly rainwater that the palm fibers are able to repel keeping both man and basket contents dry.
Ifugao rattan basket hunter's backpack "Inabnutan" Pasiking Luzon Philippines 1