Man's prestige bag (tanlo vaidip)

Burmese (Chin peoples)
mid-20th century

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art


Personal accessories

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.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund