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Needle case
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a small tool, but beautifully made and necessary for Akha women to make clothes, embroidered with variety of patterns and applique. The case is made of a small bamboo tube, cut into two separate pieces. One end is used as a cover. Both pieces are connected with a bead string on both sides and the cover is decorated with a string of three big beads. A design of leaves and flowers has been carved on the bamboo. Such a case is traditionally made of bamboo, but nowadays also scrap metal or plastic is used.

History of the Object
TAEC purchased this object from an Akha woman at Ban Pha Poun Kao.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bamboo, cotton, needle, glass beads 
Measurements
Width 1,6 cm. Length 10 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Ban Pha Poun Kao, Phongsaly province. 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century; 2006 
Function
This is used to store needles. It is used by the Akha Nuqui ethnic group. Every Akha Nuqui woman carries a needle case under the waist of her tunic for sewing and embroidery. 
Acquisition
Acquired by TAEC in 21/10/2006, during a field visit to Ban Pha Poun Kao to research the Akha ethnic group. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Museum
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Credit line
 

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