figure posted on 2023-11-30, 18:56 authored by Joseph Ekidor Nami
In the present day, akalach belts are worn by many women at celebratory events, most notably weddings, and sometimes at Asapan ceremonies. Here, six months after having started making one, Ekaale Lowasa continues the process of sewing small plastic beads onto a strip of plastic from a jerrycan, nearing the completion of the object.
Endangered Material Knowledge Programme
Rights ownerSamuel Frederick Derbyshire
Social group settingCraftsperson at work alone
TemporalityThis object took a year to make, although if there was an urgent need for one it could easily be completed within a month or two. The akalach is generally considered to have replaced older forms of decorative belt, which were comprised of skin and ostrich eggshell beads. It performs a similar role to these older belts in many contexts.
Date of creation2021-01-26