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Kerangka Bone Buttons 6pcs

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Reminiscent of a ribcage and hand-tooled from bone, these distinctive asymmetrical buttons inspired me to name them “kerangka” which is the word for “skeleton” in Bahasa Indonesia.

They're made in Bali and would make a unique finishing touch on garments, knits, or accessories.

You could also use them as in paper arts projects, or work them into a button jewellery design.

AT A GLANCE
Size: Approx 38mm (1 ½ inch) (L) x 19mm x 5mm
Thickness: Approx 2mm
Pieces per pack: 6
Colour: Ivory, brown
Material: Bone
Shipping: These items will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for the package upon delivery. The buttons will be well packaged to protect them in transit, and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. Please see my shop policies before purchasing.
Extra info: Crafting beautiful ornaments and jewelry pieces from animal bone is a time-honoured tradition among many of the world's cultures, including several of the diverse ethnic groups scattered through the Indonesian archipelago. Most bone used in Balinese handicrafts comes from Java and is a bi-product of food production.

BACK STORY
As part of their Hindu culture, the Balinese believe in reincarnation, or samsara as it's known there.

The human body is a receptacle for the spirit – Atman – and for samsara to occur, the old body must be completely destroyed. This can only happen through cremation and a series of ceremonies.

I had a privileged insight into the process in August 2008 when I accompanied my friend Ayu Laksmi to North Bali for the ceremonies and cremation of a dear departed elderly aunt.

While it was tinged with a little sadness, the cremation was largely a wonderful, happy celebration shared by family and friends, all blessed with the knowledge that Aunty would some day return to be among them.

When a baby is born into a Balinese family, he or she is believed to be the reincarnation of a released ancestor.

Within days of the birth, the family will consult a balian dasaran – a type of seer – who can read a soul and tell precisely which ancestor has been reincarnated into the child.

Thanks to the movie Eat Pray Love, based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book of the same name, Ketut Liyer is Bali's best known balian dasaran.

Long queues of foreign visitors now wait at his family compound just outside Ubud for a session with him. So exhausted was he by this extra work that he was hospitalised for a period in August 2010 just before the film's premiere.

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Like tunjung flowers carried
by the wind
Eternal seeds are shed on the ground
of Mother Earth
The seeds grow and blossom
Filling the air with fragrance
Birds come to scatter flower buds
And then carry their seeds
Off across the ocean
To new ground
That is how life goes on
Our soul roams around
Let it go...Let it go...

~ Reinkarnasi by Ayu Laksmi, from her sophomore album Svara Semesta (Voice of the Universe)© 2010 Ayu Laksmi
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Kerangka Bone Buttons 6pcs

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