Every culture must have distinctive symbols that become pride or become something that cannot be separated from customs, one of which is in the form of jewelry. In Sumba Gold jewelery plays an important role in the marapu, a traditional belief that is still practiced.

So far, we have known jewelry from East Nusa Tenggara such as Haikara (decorative comb), bula molik (crescent moon-shaped headdress), muti salak necklace, ivory bracelet, mamuli (earrings), and rings.


Haikara (http://daonlontar.blogspot.com)

Namely an ornamental comb made of turtle shell, used by women on the back of the head on certain traditional events.


Lamba (http://daonlontar.blogspot.com)

It is a typical Sumba head jewelry that resembles the shape of a molic bull from Rote Island, shaped like a horn made of 66 grams of 18 carat gold or silver, used in front of the forehead during certain ceremonies whether used by men or women.

Ivory Bracelet

Ivory bracelet with rose motif (http://zhazhacollection.blogspot.com)

Bracelet made of Elephant ivory, worn on both wrists.

Necklace muti salak (anahida)

Muti salak necklace with pendant (http://daonlontar.blogspot.com)

Namely antique beads made of orange colored natural stone. Muti salak is so familiar that it is used on the mainland of Timor, Rote, Sabu and Sumba. Not only in East Nusa Tenggara, in some areas in Eastern Indonesia also recognize muti salak necklaces. Muti salak is one of the most used ornaments by women at traditional party events. Muti salak is also almost always used as a complementary accessory to traditional clothes worn by both men and women. Even young people like in Kupang City often wear this necklace every day.


Mamuli (http://www.tmurrayarts.com)

Mamuli is a typical jewelry from Sumba Island in the form of ear earrings that are rather large in size with additional complementary ornaments.

Lamba and Mamuli (http://umbuspiderno.blogspot.com)

Currently, mamuli are rarely used as ear jewelry, in the past they were used as earrings by enlarging the hole in the ear to attach mamuli earrings. But now it has been modified with a hook to be attached without enlarging the hole in the ear. Besides being used as earrings, the function of mamuli is also increased because of its large size, which is used as a pendant necklace (pendant) which is usually used in traditional dance performances. Mamuli can also be attached to clothes as brooches.

Various models of Mamuli (http://www.metmuseum.org)

Traditionally, mamuli are used as dowries, used in traditional rituals, as grave supplies in addition to other jewelry and also for noble families, mamuli are one of the heirlooms that are stored specifically because they have ties to the ancestors. In addition, the shape of mamuli is often found in Sumba woven fabric motifs.