A square-shaped bag such as this one was traditionally taken along with members of the Amis tribe while working in the fields. It was used to hold betel nut. This was chewed habitually, something like chewing gum in the West.
This bag is completely hand made and features hand woven components such as the strap and front flap. The patterns are in bright colors preferred by the Amis, and represent modified traditional tribal motifs. The tassels at the side are often seen on bags worn by tribal members during special ceremonies. Although modeled on tradition, this bag features modern touches, such as a zippered pouch, making it a convenient and attention-getting accessory for travel or every day.
Miku is a member of the Amis tribe, living in Taitung County’s Dulan Village in eastern Taiwan. Dulan is the location of the tribe’s sacred mountain, and this inspired her to take up the tradition of loom weaving five years ago, creating traditional items such as ceremonial sashes, shawls and bags, as well as more contemporary works such as handbags and cell phone covers. In addition to studying weaving methods, she also works to learn tribal motifs to incorporate them into her work and creates her own designs as well.