Obon̄, kainōknōk (tray)
libbukwe / likajjid (money cowrie shells)
mālwe (coconut frond midrib)
kimej (coconut leaves (from new shoot))
maan̄ (pandanus leaves)
Accessioned September 1979. Gift of Ray Smith.
Kainoknok in ej jarjar tok jan erer eo Ri-Nippon ro raar boktok, obon. Ej kōm̗m̗an jān mālwe, kimej, im libbukwe. Rej kwōji mālwe ko im tāte m̗ae iien eo rōtōpar jon̄an depakpak eo rej kōn̗aan. Ilo aer tāte, rej lukwōji kōn kimej eo. Innām rej jekōte tōrerein kōn libbukwe. Kainōknōk in ej jarjar tok jān āj obon̄. Kiiō, rej āje n̄an kainōknōki m̗ōko. Jet rej kōjerbale n̄an eri kab in ko̗pe ko n̄i er.
The kainōknōk (ornament/coaster) is derived from the idea of the Japanese obon̄ (tray). It is made from processed coconut midrib, coconut leaves (from the new shoot), and money cowrie shells. Coiling takes place using the wrapped midribs until the desired diameter is reached. As the coiling continues, the wrapped midribs are tied together using the processed coconut leaves from the new shoot. This helps give more patterns. Today, the coaster is made to be used as a house decoration, but some use these under coffee mugs.
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