Man’s shoulder bag. Sahria. Made of a rectangular panel of cloth with bands of continuous supplementary weft, the panel folded to make the bag, with a strip of cloth folded over and sewn onto the sides, forming a loop shoulder strap.The main panel design in supplementary red, yellow, and white cotton on a black cloth, the red and yellow forming rows of lozenges with stripes in between. The loop strap also in supplementary red, yellow and white cotton on a black and red cloth with similar lozenge-rows design on the bag sides and black, red, yellow and white stripes on the loop, with small rows of lozenges outlined in black thread. A paper label folded over the strap loop, and sewn, handwritten with: `LAKHER HAND WOVEN BAG. USED MOSTLY BY MEN’.
Lakher is the name given to the people by outsiders: they are known to themselves as the Mara (see N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan). This collection associated with the Lakher Pioneer Mission set up by Rev R.A. Lorrain with his wife Maud in 1907. The mission was supported by Lorrainâ€™s home church in Penge. The mission is now the Mara Independent Evangelical Church