Akha women produce some of the most colourful accessories of all the highland communities. The shoulder bag is made of indigo-dyed hemp, and embellished with colourful fabrics sewn on as applique combined with colourful stitching. Additional decoration in the form of iridescent green beetles threaded together with buttons, Job's Tear seeds and colourful wool tassels. Their bright green iridescent quality must have had great appeal.The Akha, an ethnic minority group who migrated into Northern Thailand, originated from Yunnan in China. They moved into Burma, Laos and Vietnam during the 19th century.

Mid 20th century, c.1960s
Northern Thailand
Object size: L32.5 x W25.5
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Garments and Accessories