Man's prestige bag (tanlo vaidip)
Burmese (Chin peoples)
Object Place: Chin State, Myanmar (Burma), Northwestern
Height x width (bag): 10 3/4 x 9 in. (27.3 x 22.9 cm) Center back (strap): 149.9 cm (59 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, plain weave
Not On View
Simple square open top bag with attached shoulder strap of identical fabric. The black cotton ground cloth is richly embellished with horizontal rows of small x’s, crosses, and chevrons in yellow, green, maroon, and white. This bag also features a finely woven pattern called “vai” featured in maroon, black, and white stripe at the top front of the bag. The design of purple and white on the shoulder strap and rear of bag denotes a high rank.
Acquired by dealer in 1995; Purchased by the MFA from Tribal Spirit Traders, Leyden, MA, April 26, 2006.
Textile Curator's Fund