Prestige loincloth (samtu nay na)

Burmese (Khumi Chin peoples)
British colonial rule
about 1900


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

Dimensions

Height x width: 275 x 16 in. (698.5 x 40.6 cm)

Accession Number

2006.1162

Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave and silk

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long, rectangular textile comprised of a length of white plain weave cotton, which ends on two 30 inch panels of black cotton. The black panels are horizontally traversed by bands of fine supplementary weaving. Bands of varying width feature different combinations of small chevron designs in shades of muted red, yellow, blue, and green. This important ritual loincloth is used ceremonially by several Chin/Zo groups including the Khumi, Matu, and Haka.

Provenance

Acquired by dealer in 1995; Purchased by the MFA from Tribal Spirit Traders, Leyden, MA, April 26, 2006.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund