Large straw bag made of dark colored straw and decorated with shells. Lined with brown cloth. The straw was woven in Long Bay Cays and sold to craftswomen in Nassau. Originally purchased in the straw market of Nassau, Bahamas.
The Keith and Charlotte Otterbein collection contains straw objects obtained while doing ethnographic work in Nassau, Bahamas between 1959 and 1987. Many of the items in this collection were made by individual Bahamian craftswomen (also called "plaiters") who maintained their independence in the straw industry, while four were sold in the Nassau straw market, thus likely mass produced. The light colored plaits of these objects are made of cabbage palm, and the dark colored plaits are coconut straw.