One area of the country is exotic Indonesia Papua. Yes, an island in the eastern end of Indonesia has various appeal which is very typical of either natural resources or human resources. Papua, for most people is the parts of the inhabitants is still very traditional. This is due to the lack of development in the region, so still plenty of communities that depend on the nature and customs still held strong. However, don’t get me wrong though the communities living in the East of the country, but many are generated from the communities. One of them is Noken Traditional Craft.  Noken, is one of the typical handicraft of Papua in the shape of the bag/bag made from plants.


Noken Traditional Craft is a Multi Functional Belt Woven Bags at Papua

NokenTraditional Craft is woven bags of bark of a multi functional for women native to New Guinea. Especially for Dani Tribe in the Baliem valley, Wamena of Papua, noken is a sort of mesh made from bark fibers and multi functional use. Used as a regular bag to carry just about anything including holding infant, swine, dogs, sweet potatoes, vegetables and other items. Also used as an outfit especially for young women. Dani tribe of women could not be separated from Noken.

According to wikipedia, Noken Traditional Craft is a multi functional belt woven bags, native Papua. A typical use of Noken, which hung on the head, traditionally used to carry a variety of items, and also a baby. In 2012, noken has been listed in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage objects, not as cultural heritage of Indonesia.

NOKEN TRADITIONAL CRAFT PAPUA WHICH HAS BEEN LISTED IN UNESCO If ever see Papuans are bringing a kind of bag that be put on her head, that’s the Noken. The majority of the existing tribes in New Guinea, all of them able to make Handicrafts Noken, because this craft is one of the traditions of the craft in the tribes of New Guinea. Communities typically use this to bring Noken produce and wild game. The function of Noken Traditional Craft is very diverse. However, Noken commonly used to carry goods such as wood, crop yields, to grocery items. Noken small commonly used for carrying personal needs. Not only that, Noken also used in ceremonies and as a keepsake for your guests.


Because it has value in arts Noken and aesthetics, then communities currently empowers Noken as one of the potential for the economy of the community. It looks like it does in the Tourism Sauwadarek, West Papua, Noken is sold by some people around with price ranges between Rp 25,000 – Rp 50.000,-for one Noken.

Noken Traditional Craft is one of the typical handicraft of Papua should be maintained and developed. The role of the community and the Government should correspondingly so that handicrafts such as this remain sustainable  so that it will grow the next generation that will always keep the craft like this. Another obstacle is the less people who can make Noken. If anything, the majority are women aged over 40 years. In addition, they also trouble getting ingredients.


Noken, officially entered in the UNESCO List of intangible cultural heritage.

Based on information received by BBC Indonesia from the Ministry of education and culture, the decision was crushed the hammer by Arley Gill from Grenada who was Chairman of the session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 7th for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Culture of the Ministry of education and culture, Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, greeted the delighted inscriptions. “UNESCO’S recognition of this will encourage efforts to protect and develop the cultural heritage of Noken, owned by more than 250 ethnic groups in Papua and West Papua,” said Wiendu.

NOKEN TRADITIONAL CRAFT PAPUA WHICH HAS BEEN LISTED IN UNESCO “This is not the purpose of UNESCO’S inscription of the end, but the beginning of our efforts to jointly explore, protect and develop the cultural heritage of this important Noken. We thank all those who have contributed in Noken Traditional Craft nomination. ” Titus, who represents communities give input and support the nomination to UNESCO Noken, delighted with the successful struggle of the Noken has started with field research by a team of Puslitbangbud since the beginning of 2011.

Titus Pekei, Visionary Proposals Noken Traditional Craft Papua until Recognized UNESCO

NOKEN TRADITIONAL CRAFT PAPUA WHICH HAS BEEN LISTED IN UNESCO The communities of Papua and West Papua arnoteworthy because of their cultural products boasting, Noken, recently was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. All of that thanks to the struggle of Titus Pekei is not familiar.

According to Titus, Noken Traditional Craft has terms to be recognized. Custom bag that belonged to a typical, unique, original, and is not replaceable. In addition, noken has many positive values of content. ” For example, to bring in the groceries, ” said born Deiyai, Papua, September 19, 1975.

The idea of registering Noken Traditional to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) appeared in 2008. The trigerring, Titus feel envy to keris and batik which got recognition. In fact, thought he, Papua and West Papua had a myriad of cultural heritage that deserves world recognition

Mandatory Bag Noken Traditional Craft

To preserve the Noken in Papua, one of the regencies (kabupaten) in Papua Province Jayapura Regency instructs IE to all civil servants in their environment to use bag Noken every Wednesday. The use of bag Noken also addressed to all private agencies and school children who reside in the County. Jayapura Regent, Mathius Awitouw reveals the use of bag noken every Wednesday in an environment of Civil Servants as a form of preservation efforts in Noken as cultural objects recognized by the world.

“The movement is underway to continue to inherit the local wisdom, namely the urge people to assess local wisdom, owned the entire ethnic group wherever they are. Local wisdom in Noken also reflect mutually cherish, maintain cultural sustainability, humility, concern with other, honesty and the truth, “he said. Character, World Heritage Noken initiators partner , Titus Pekey mention that supposed craft Noken should not be placed on the road and other places that have not been feasible for Noken is a Papua people’s lives should be kept either.

NOKEN TRADITIONAL CRAFT PAPUA WHICH HAS BEEN LISTED IN UNESCO It is also intended to let the Government needs to pay attention to Papua Noken craftsmen who until now hasn’t gotten a decent place to sell. Whereas noken’s identity is the successor to the people of Papua and Papua community identity. The crafters Noken began to diminish. The old much have none. The young rarely want to continue the work of her mother.

Right now, the woman who could make Noken Traditional Craft average was more than 50 years. With that condition, it was feared could become extinct in Noken several years into the future when there are no young people who want to carry on the profession of customs. In the eyes of young people of Papua, the ancient craft and considered noken tacky. In fact, that is one of the cultural wealth of their fathers. We are concerned because in the study at Kempton found only five craftsman Noken already elders. Similar situations occurred in the District of Nabire. For example, in Nabire, Oyehe Market sold is Noken imitation of nylon. In Nabire, Titus just find a craftsman Noken orchids.

But, in the Regency of Paniai, Titus and the team is happy, because they successfully find a lot of moms crafters Noken from wood fiber. The number is around 50 people. In addition, there are 20 father who is adept at making noken orchids. Boasting again, there are schools that incorporate crafts make noken as one charge local curriculum.

If you visit, don’t forget to buy up Noken Traditional Craft as wonderful memories of an unforgettable stay.

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