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Title

Breast cover ('akhin') and accompanying beads


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This textile belongs to the Khami or Mro people of Mrauk-U in southwest Burma. The designs are so rich that it can reputedly take over six months to complete a single panel for a dress. The close, tight weave makes the textiles almost watertight. Breast covers are wrapped around the upper body and secured over one shoulder. Traditionally, Khami women tattooed their shoulders to complement the exquisite patterns of the cloths. Beads commonly accompany both men and women's cloths.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2006


Details


Place where the work was made

Arakan Myanmar


Cultural origin

Mrauk-U


Date

circa 1900


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton


Dimensions

a - breast cover; 72.5 x 37 cm

b - beads; 99 cm


Credit

Gift of Pamela Gutman 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

202.2006.a-b