Man's prestige head cloth

Burmese (Chin peoples)
British colonial rule
around 1900

Object Place: Chin State, Myanmar (Burma), Northwestern


Height x width: 102 x 13 1/2 in. (259.1 x 34.3 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund