TAYEN BASKET AND RAUNG BASUNG SUNHAT, DAYAK LUNDAYEH WEDDING. PHOTO: JOHN BOYD MACDONALD – TAASA Review June 2019

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This article was originally found in the June 2019 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 28, Issue 2, Page 19).

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The Dayak plaited arts, made from natural fibres and dyes, arose within a unique set of environmental, religious, economic and historical circumstances.

They are the material expression of fragile cultural traditions.

While communities may acknowledge that their material culture is unique and valuable, often the underlying cultural context (beliefs systems, ritual functions and meanings of symbols) is allowed to dissipate and disappear...