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Old Akosan, Heirloom Belt, Tinguian People, Luzon, Philippines
Regular price $350.00
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Vintage from the 1950s
Found in both the Tinguian and Bontoc people of Luzon, Philippines, this woman's woven fabric pouch was worn on the waist. It was made up of a long piece of hand woven cotton fabric, sewn together at the sides with a space in the middle to hold jewelry which were part of the akon. Akon are family heirlooms such as inherited earrings and beads that should not be sold and must always be kept in a safe place such as the akkos. Both ends of the cloth were passed through several medium sized cone shells. (Conus Litteratus). The shells and hardwood or buffalo rings served as the lock because they had to be removed before the jewelry could be taken out. The heirloom girdle was worn around the waist above the wrap-around skirt or tapis by older women. In certain villages, the akosan was worn beneath the skirt, producing a bustle effect. This akosan is strung on a finely woven cloth with indigenous designs, incorporating shells, hardwood rings, and a carved wood faux conus as a centerpiece. Strands of seed beads and smaller cone shells dangle and embellish the pouch. These beads and shells are heirloom objects themselves and identify this akosan as a true status symbol.