Old Bhutanese Bag
We've only seen a handful of these- as textiles of utility, they're usually worn out from use, so are not easily found. Probably 50-60 years old, this beautiful old one still retains some of the original life of the weaving. Comprising a folded, single panel of cotton with the woven designs of a 'kira', or woman's wraparound dress, it is bordered on each side by a narrow piece of cotton with scattered woven designs and fringe at the bottom. Interestingly, the design on the body of the bag goes from a vertical arrangement of motifs, to horizontal on the other side. This reflects the 'kira' design, with the end panels in a perpendicular alignment to the body. The weaving is very fine and to the unknowing has the appearance of embroidery, but is not. An added woven cotton shoulder strap finishes the piece. There is soil and some repairs, as expected for such a textile, but no stains.
Size: 22″ x 17″ (with flap closed)