Woman's jacket

Burmese (Maru peoples)
mid-20th century

Object Place: Kachin State, Myanmar (Burmese)


Height x width: 20 x 50 in. (50.8 x 127 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton - plain weave, wool, cowrie shells, and plant fibers

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Simple open front jacket with attached long sleeves. The upper body of the garment is made of dark blue, indigo dyed cotton. The lower portion is woven of coarse russet colored wool with black, yellow, and white accents. The supplementary design elements feature chevrons and lattice and the use of wool, visually link them with the Jingpaw and other Kachin groups. Cotton piping around the edges of the garment and red and white cowrie studded panels trimmed in black on the jacket’s front and back set them apart. Further distinctive embellishment is found on the sleeve ends where yellow dyed straw has been sewn which visually resemble the quillwork of Woodlands Indians of North America. Additional cowrie sells call attention to this interesting cuff decoration.


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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund