Karen men and women carry everyday work canvas-like bags like this piece. With only narrow stripes of colour down the sides, the bags are often plain, homespun and unbleached. These days, they can be found in a variety of colours.The Karen is the largest tribal group in Thailand comprising two main divisions (the Sgaw and Pwo) and smaller sub-groups. Originally known to have come from Tibet, they migrated into Thailand from Burma during the 18th century.

Date/Period
Mid 20th century, c.1960s
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Object size: L96 x W51.5
Accession No.
1993-01062
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories