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  • Ecuador
  • bag, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Ecuador
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Diameter: 26 x 23.5 cm height does not include braids
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 1/4 x 9 1/4 in height does not include braids
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4875

The flexible woven bag has a round bottom. The four braided straps from the rim apparently tie together to make a handle. The bag is decorated with a band of checkerboard near the bottom with white blocks alternating with multicolored blocks. There is a band of chevrons above with white chevrons alternating with multi- colored chevrons. There is a band of narrow multicolored stripes with large blocks of white. A multicolored zigzag with white triangles is in the negative space. White blocks alternate with purple blocks. The rim has white diagonal bands alternating with purple or pink diagonal bands. For all of the designs, multicolored includes combinations of any of the colors: dark blue, purple, light purple, pink and yellow.