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Shoulder bag

Shoulder bag

  • Place of origin:

    Shan States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935-1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton. Plain weave. 2 warp strands to 3 weft strands. Additional supplementary weaving.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Shoulder bag formed from one length of cloth folded in half (the fold forming the pocket of the bag) stitched to a second length forming the sides with fringe and carrying strap.

Black ground with the body of the bag brightened with enlarged traditional Kachin multicoloured geometric motifs.

Woven inscription declaring "Welcome" on one side and other side "God Be Blessing,To The Covernor, Weave by, Masa Whlaing".

Place of Origin

Shan States (made)


ca. 1935-1939 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton. Plain weave. 2 warp strands to 3 weft strands. Additional supplementary weaving.

Marks and inscriptions

Paper note inside the bag stating: "Presented to His Honour, The Governor of Burma, by, Htaclage Myaing, Ywanna, Yaunghwi Dist.


Length: 30.5 cm, Width: 31.8 cm, Length: 81.3 cm of shoulder strap

Object history note

Believed to have been presented to the donor's father while on tour in the Inlay Lake district of the Shan States.

Descriptive line

A presentation shoulder bag from Inlay Lake region of the Shan States Burma. Plain and supplementary weave patterned with typical Kachin geometric designs. Inscribed with the weavers name and that it was for the Governor of Burma. c. 1935 to 1939.


Cotton; Dye


Weaving; Dyeing


Textiles; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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