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'acheik' design fragment of a sarong

20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Amarapura Myanmar
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk, dye; interlocking tapestry weave
    101.0 x 137.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number
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  • About

    This fragment of a 'lon-gyi' or sarong length textile is woven in the intricate and laborious 'acheik' style in a design known as the water-wave ('yei lein sin kyo'). The technique for this type of weaving is thought to have originated in the Indian state of Manipur and was brought to Burma when the founder of the last Burmese dynasty invaded Manipur and brought back skilled weavers and artisans to produce textiles and objects for the royal courts. While the technique for this type of weaving originated in India the designs are purely Burmese and inspired by the natural phenomena.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000