Man's prestige bag (tanlo vaidip)

Burmese (Chin peoples)
mid-20th century


Object Place: Chin State, Myanmar (Burma), Northwestern

Dimensions

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

2006.1164

Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art

Classifications

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.

Provenance

Acquired by dealer in 1995; Purchased by the MFA from Tribal Spirit Traders, Leyden, MA, April 26, 2006.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund