Beluko Ulat is a multi-functional hat from the Kenyah community.
In the olden days, Beluko (being the name of the hat) Ulat (being the weaving pattern) was worn by men to protect their heads during battles. It was and also is still used for important ceremonial events such as Adet Suwen, which is a coming of age ceremony for boys, which would grant him the right to wear the Beluko Ulat.
These days, it serves a different function – some practical, some decorative.
Skilfully harvested and woven out of carefully cut strips of rattan (called wai seka), the beluko is now used as a safety helmet during farming, hunting or when in search of fruits such as durian. It is also worn during cultural performances or festivities, or presented as a special gift.
These beluko were made with love using rattan sourced in Long Moh, Baram (Sarawak) by Ngau Bilong, Jascinta Baun Bilong, Pukeng, Bilong and Salomon Gau.