Arakan State, Western Burma
Cotton, silk, glass beads and buttons, metal sequins
34.5 in. X 30.5 in.
Very good, some of the sequins missing and a few beads due to wear.
Long rectangular tunic. The black ground cloth of the upper half of this garment is decorated with three sets of supplementary weaving patterns in magenta and tan. These design elements are symmetrically placed bordering the center. The center of the tunic is further embellished with tiny white seed beads in a zigzag line and double rows, metal sequins, delicately embroidered designs, and an additional supplementary weaving pattern. The lower half of the garment features richly woven supplementary chevron and diamond patterns in magenta and pink thread and is the decorative focus of the piece. Additional metal sequins are distributed throughout. A supplementary row of anthropomorphic figures located above the woven lower half, sets this tunic apart from others we have collected. Tiny white seed beads accentuate the hem.
Exhibited: Tribal Traditions, The Costumes and Culture of the Chin Fiber Arts Center, Amherst, MA. August 1st – September 30th, 2002