Man's bag

Burmese (possibly Karen)
British colonial rule

Object Place: Shan, Myanmar (Burma)


Overall (Includes shoulder strap and fringe): 77 x 22 x 1.5 cm (30 5/16 x 8 11/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, seeds (Job's Tears), natural dyes; plain weave; discontinuous supplementary weft patterning, embroidered

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



2 rectangles: one folded length-wise forming sides and strap, one folded on width forming center panels. Black cotton rep brocaded with pink, orange, white, green, purple and white metallic yarns in alternating bands of color and white metal; metallic bands embroidered with black cotton in zig-zag pattern; orange selveges. Red cotton joins panels in crossed overcasting stitches and binds edges of center panel. White seeds (Job’s tears) along joins on faces and forming stars at sides; warp yarns form long fringe at bottom sides. Condition: many seeds missing.


Collected by Walter Bushell, a Baptist missionary to Burma, between 1860 and 1880; gift to MFA on June 10, 1981

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Walter Bushell