Trobriand , board for printing banana leave money
42 cm x 15 cm
The Doba is the traditional money that women use in the Trobriand area. They take some green banana leaves, they scratch them on a wood board which has a special design. The design is printed on the banana leave. They remove the back of the green leave, and then they dry it. Once it is dried, they put 50 leaves together. This money is kept in giant baskets which are located on the terrace of the bamboo house. The money will be used for wedding, special ceremonies, or for daily stuff as food, vegetable.
The board is given to the wife by the husband.