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[Pula pula (seedling count) bag

Kumasaka, Kaku

[Pula pula (seedling count) bag
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L: 13.5 x 52 in, W: 13.5 in

Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 bag : cotton ; 13.5 x 13.5 in., tie 52 in.

Pula pula (seedling count) bag made from rice bag. Grey ties on sides extend across waist. Front panel (13.5 x 11.5 in.) is imprinted with "F-60505" and "Z-10-D."

Red lettering on back panel is not legible. Written on ribbon tape on back panel: Barbara Kawakami. Written in ink on inside of bag in the front right corner: Donated by Kaku Kumasaka.

Pula pula bags were used to keep an accurate count of the number of sugarcane seedlings cut. Usually tied around the waist, the women would place a weed or leaf in the bag for every ten seedlings cut.

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