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Karen Lacquered Packet

Karen Lacquered Packet

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1940: Item # 1173663

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Very rare “letter” purse woven from bamboo from the Karen ethnic group along the Thai/Burma border. Before the advent of plastic bags and Velcro items such as these were treasured labor intensive daily necessities. This is a semi antique- circa 60 to 80 years old made from all natural materials and is designed to make it as waterproof as possible. There are still traces of red lacquer in the crevices indicating that this was the original overcoat and the corners are reinforced with leather patches. There is one crack noted in enlargement # 3 which I repaired and stabilized with epoxy after taking the photo. L: 19cm/7.5in and W: 9.5cm/3.8in