Name: Akha Piat Shoulder Bag
This is the traditional Akha shoulder bag made of the wild jungle vine called piat. The piat is harvested, soaked to eliminate the non-fibrous material, the piat pieces are twisted together into a long thread using the traditional Akha drop spindle, and then knotted into this bag usually using a tool made of water buffalo horn. This bag has a handspun, handwoven then braided cotton strap, decorated on the edge with bright pink yarn. A photo of the woman who made this bag posing with it and her baby on her back is included.
Size: 15 in. wide, 10 in. deep
Origins: Luang Nam Tha Province, Laos