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Shoulder Bag

1900-1935 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The main body, formed from one length of cloth folded in half (the fold forming the pocket of the bag), is handwoven with a black cotton warp and red wool weft with geometric designs in yellow, pink, blue and green wool supplementary weft weave.

This is stitched to a narrow strip of black cloth which forms the sides and extends to the carrying strap and is finished in twisted knotted tassels.

The front of the bag is embellished with applied rectangles of brushed red cotton, several rows of silver bosses and silver tassels. A heavy fringe of strung cowries and fine braided red cotton hang from a latticework of "Job's Tears" and red and black pom-poms.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton. Wool. Thread. Job's Tears. Silver ornaments. Dye. Plain and supplementary weaving. Stitching. Applique. Dyeing. Metal Work.
Brief Description
A black and red n'hpye (shoulder bag) with long fringes worn by a person of one of the ethnic groups of Kachin State northern Burma. Cotton and wool with colourful traditional geometric designs in supplementary weave and applied decoration of strips of red cloth, Job's tears and silver ornaments, 1900-1935
Physical Description
The main body, formed from one length of cloth folded in half (the fold forming the pocket of the bag), is handwoven with a black cotton warp and red wool weft with geometric designs in yellow, pink, blue and green wool supplementary weft weave.



This is stitched to a narrow strip of black cloth which forms the sides and extends to the carrying strap and is finished in twisted knotted tassels.



The front of the bag is embellished with applied rectangles of brushed red cotton, several rows of silver bosses and silver tassels. A heavy fringe of strung cowries and fine braided red cotton hang from a latticework of "Job's Tears" and red and black pom-poms.
Dimensions
  • Length: 66cm
  • Width: 28cm
  • Depth: 2cm
Collection
Accession Number
IS.149-1993

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record createdMarch 24, 2004
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