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Beginning about 1980, a great demand developed for Aloes wood or Eagle woodthe dense, resinous pieces of diseased wood found inside some, but not all, Aquilaria trees. The diseased wood and resin are highly fragrant and are in great demand in the Middle East for use in incense and cosmetics. The highest gradethe darkest and densest woodwhich is very rare, could be sold for as much as US$260 per kilogram in 1990. People get the wood by cutting down Aquilaria trees and chopping them into small pieces, separating the valuable diseased wood from the worthless healthy wood. Here two traders discuss the grade of some Aloes wood with the Batek collector. They will then weigh it in their portable scale and calculate its value.


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Aquilaria -- Malaysia -- Kelantan., Batek (Malaysian people) -- Commerce., Aring River (Malay)