sold in a set of 3
Made from very thin strips of liputung fern fibre coiled around a we' rattan base, these are made as thin bangles; large diameter leku' rayeh are worn around a man's upper arm and even larger ones around his calf. Very small versions are used as finger rings.
This particular pattern is known as gonggua or patterns from a cobra.
As a fashionable yet durable bangle. The fern fibre has been naturally dyed black by soaking it in peat water.
Artisan: Joseph Purait Budi
Artisan age: 50s
Ethnic group: Lun Bawang (Orang Ulu)
Dimensions: 6.5 cm (d) x 0.3 cm (w)
Materials: we (rattan) & liputung (fern fibre)
Village: Long Tuma, Lawas in Sarawak (East Malaysia)