The characteristic long belt (nem) worn by women is plaited from fine fibers of a certain species of rattan. When one fiber ends, a new one is braided in, so the finished belt can go many times around a womans waist. Here a woman plaits a nem. When it is finished, she will dye it red by boiling it with berries from a rattan bush. A finished nem can be seen around her waist. She is also wearing a cloth sarong, a necklace and bracelet made of black fungus rhizomes, and flowers in her ears. Some thin strips of pandanus leaf dry on the right; she will later make them into baskets like the one on the left.
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Weaving -- Malaysia -- Kelantan., Batek (Malaysian people) -- Decoration., Terong River (Malay)