Prestige loincloth (samtu nay na)

Burmese (Khumi Chin peoples)
British colonial rule
about 1900

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave and silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund