Man's bag (n' hype)

Burmese (Kachin)
British colonial rule
late 19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Kachin District, (Myanmar) Burma


Overall (Includes tassels and fringe): 68 x 25 x 3.5 cm (26 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton warp-faced plain-weave ground, wool embroidery and counched thread, tassels and fringe

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Square-shaped indigo-blue cotton bag with long, red floating wool threads couched on one side of the bag and an overall repeating design of swastika motifs in red, orange, white and blue on the other side. Along each side of the bag is a wide band of interlocking geometric motifs in red and white that extends to create a strap at the top. There are three red tassels along the top opening on one side of the bag and long red fringe along the bottom edge.


Purchased by MFA on July 7, 1936

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Alfred M. Tozzer