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Collection

An image of Breast cover ('akhin') and accompanying beads by

Arakan, Myanmar

Title
Breast cover ('akhin') and accompanying beads
Place of origin
ArakanMyanmar
Cultural origin
Mrauk-U
Year
circa 1900
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton
Dimensions

72.5 x 37.0 (irreg.); beads: 99.00 cm (irregular) including string, 68.0 (irreg.) beads only:

a - breast cover; 72.5 x 37 cm

b - beads; 99 cm

Credit
Gift of Pamela Gutman 2006
Accession number
202.2006.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

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