Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Brazil
  • bag, late 1800s–1985
  • Where object was made: Brazil
  • bark cloth, plant fiber, seeds, cloth
  • Object Height/Width: 61 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width: 24 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Margaret S. Hodges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6516

The rectangular bag is made from bark cloth. It has side seams, but they are folded over on the bottom. There are two short handles of twisted bark cloth. One side is decorated with an irregular diamond made from light natural colored woven plant fiber with five brown bark cloth leaves sewn over the top and accented with red seeds. The back is undecorated. The interior is lined with unbleached cloth that may be repurposed since there is a stamp near the top that appears to be in Portuguese.