Yantra Tote Bag
These unusual tote bags (‘tung’) feature a printed ‘yantra’ design on one side. The design shows an eight-pointed motif similar to astrological layouts, but this one features not just animals, but renderings of figures in erotic positions. It probably has to do with improving one’s love life as well as other concerns. The other figures are a ‘naga’, rooster, and mythical lion or ‘singh’. The script could be northern Thai – either Lan Na or Tai Yai. Printing quality varies on each bag and they are priced accordingly. Note also the staining on sides and back, which we think was an attempt to ‘age’ them. Regardless of flaws, these are compelling cultural examples of the belief systems in this region.
Size: 36 in. Overall with Strap; Bag is 12.5 in. x 15.5 in.