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Indonesia is said to be made up of over 400 distinct ethnic groups, each with their own language and culture, and by extension, their own jewelry making traditions. In Sumatra the Batak Toba made jewelry from copper alloys and a gold-copper mix. Though their jewelry is a bit stark in comparison to the splendor of other Batak tribes, they produced very nicely woven bronze bracelets. They also used ivory to fashion massive bracelets and bone to make combs with finely chiseled decorations. The well known duri-duri (meaning thorn), open oval shaped ear ornaments with radiating spikes, were fashioned from brass, bronze, silver and gold. The Batak Karo produced more exuberant jewelry, spiral bracelets and huge spiral ear ornaments called padung-padung from solid brass. The Minangkabau of central Sumatra have one of the oldest jewelry traditions in Indonesia. For them, jewelry was of special importance to establish identity and status. They preferred gold and made extensive use of red coral. In West Sumatra women wore pure gold headdresses, forehead crowns, tiaras and elaborate hair ornaments in wedding ceremonies. They also wore beautiful gold necklaces finely worked with intricate patterns. necklaces body jewellery
The tribes of Borneo, particularly the Dayak, enjoyed frequent contacts with other islanders from the Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms of Sumatra and the later Islamic Malay courts and their jewelry shows this influence. The Iban, the sea Dayak of Western Kalimantan created elaborate golden headdresses made of copper alloys, later silver. Borneo’s necklaces body jewellery attest to the most varied influences: the tribal past, international trade, immigrant culture, itinerant silversmiths and the sophisticated courts of the Malay kingdoms established in Banjarmasin and Kutai. Materials used were shells, glass beads, ivory and hornbill in the early days; later silver was extensively used to make finely crafted filigreed belts and astonishing bridal hairpieces. The Dayak peoples from Eastern and Southern Kalimantan retained many core ancestral beliefs but at the same time were strongly influenced by the culture of the Malay kingdoms. Of particular interest are carved amulets and shaman’s necklaces fashioned from bear teeth, ivory, wood, beads and shell in intricate patterns to protect against black magic. Bearpaws provided protection and were not only included in necklaces but also hung from backslings used to carry babies. Eastern Kalimantan produced the super heavy brass rings worn in distended earlobes by both men and women. Another interesting piece jewelry is the modesty plate made of gold or silver, or both, that was worn by young children to protect them against malevolent spirits. It was usually a triangular shaped plate that was suspended from string and worn over the genital area of both boys and girls. The designs on these modesty plates could be very ornate. necklaces body jewellery