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Haversac

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Haversac
20th Century

Place of Origin: Apatani tribe, Arunachal Pradesh
Materials: Cane, Bamboo
Dimensions: Lt. 68 cm. (approx.)
Acc. No. 65.443

It is intricately woven, double strapped, almost rectangular knapsack made of came, tied to a bamboo base. Such a knapsack is a multipurpose bag or 'Nara', generally used by the tribals for keeping small articles of utility especially during excursion or hunting expeditions. A half cape, made of black fibers of a palm tree, giving the appearance of bear-skin, is often worn over the shoulders as a cloak to cover the haversac for protection from rain etc.

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