From card: Made from the feathers of the kiwi, the wingless bird of New Zealand. Body of bag made from New Zealand Flax. Typical of ancient Maori featherwork."
In a memo Hyde states that the bag "was given me by a Maori girl of eleven years, who said it had belonged to her grandfather." Hyde also says that the bag was "made from the feathers of the kiwi, the wingless bird of New Zealand." (See accession file.)