About this object

History of use

Shawl worn as a covering by both men and women.

Iconographic meaning

Design represents battle trophies: zigzag designs resemble paths a head hunter took to attach an enemy village. Formerly those who had taken the appropriate number of heads could wear such a design.

Physical description

A shoulder bag of natural cotton heavily embroidered in red, blue, yellow, orange, and black cotton in zig zag and triangular forms. Orange, blue, and black figures alternate in a horizontal linear design on an off-white background. The back portion is not embroidered. Shoulder strap and fringe are sewn into two sections on either side of the main bag. Shoulder strap has a main design consisting of a pattern of horizontal orange and blue bands on an off-white background.