Shoulder Bag

About this object

Narrative

Purchased from a shop in Mae Sot that sells crafts made for the "Karen Women Organization Income Generation Project". The women making the textiles/crafts are confined to refugee camps in northern Thailand. They use traditional looms or backstrap weaving and natural dye techniques to produce various textiles, which are sold with "Karen Refugee Women Handicrafts" labels, through outside shops. Some traditional items have been adapted to modern forms, such as this carrying bag.

Physical description

Woven bag in a rectangular shape with rounded corners. Bag is made up of several panels of woven material, sewn together. The background of the panels is a dark red, with linear motifs in different colours. The top-most panel is patterned with white blotches. The rear central panel is unembellished. A large zippered pocket is sewn into the front and small pleated pockets are attached across the bag’s ends below the midpoint. The top closure is zippered. A long handle is attached at top corners, and is adjustable using a metal buckle. The inside of the bag is lined in black cotton and holds a small zippered pocket.