Man's prestige head cloth
Burmese (Chin peoples)
British colonial rule
Object Place: Chin State, Myanmar (Burma), Northwestern
Height x width: 102 x 13 1/2 in. (259.1 x 34.3 cm)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, plain weave
Not On View
Long rectangular cloth of tightly woven, homespun cotton. A weft-faced black band, that measures one inch, is the dominant decoration of this textile. This piece features extremely fine supplementary weaving in maroon and black at one end. The tiny pattern resembles stylized anthropomorphic figures. Threads of maroon and black border the bold black band. Head cloths such as this are used by important men from many groups in Chin State.
Acquired by dealer in 1995; Purchased by the MFA from Tribal Spirit Traders, Leyden, MA, April 26, 2006.
Textile Curator's Fund