Burma image, WA0393. [Kachin soldier with bag and sword. Captain Green's camp in background.] (Researcher's notes in brackets)Photograph taken by James Henry Green in Kachin Land, Burma (Myanmar). It was taken in the 1920s.
'These kinds of bags became part of the Kachin soldiers' kit and were part of the attempt to try to increase communal loyalties among the recruits who joined various 'ethnic' divisions. The bags seem to have been derived from the Gauri men's costume, according to Green's description. This would conform to the fact that many of the first Kachin recruits into the army were Gauri: 'The [Gauri] men's haversacks are woven in a similar way to the women's skirts and these bags and the women's pugrees are further decorated with red braid, Job's tears and silver trinkets' [dissertation, 1934:284]