Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ayoreo peoples
  • bag, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 70 x 27 cm
    Object Length/Width: 27 1/2 x 10 5/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5151

The square back has a woven strap attached through two long loops on the bag. The bag has two wide black stripes and one wide brown stripe with a design of light natural and black or brown (whichever constrasts with the field) lines in a net-like pattern. There is a thinner light natural stripe at the bottom with a brown stripe.

These bags are made by women but used by men to carry small, frequently used items such as hematite stones (for body painting), tobacco and pipe (for smoking), or fire sticks. The design is indicative of the owner's clan.