Woman's tunic (thindoing)

Burmese (Karen)
British colonial rule

Object Place: Shan, Myanmar (Burma)


56 x 78.5 cm (22 1/16 x 30 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, seeds (Job's Tears), natural dyes; plain weave, embroidered

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Two panels on indigo-dyed cotton folded at shoulder line, seamed at sides and center with arm and neck openings. Embroidered with red, orange, green and white cotton and white seeds (Job’s tears) in stripes at armholes, half-circles at neck opening, bands of half-circles and stars from openings to hemline with band of figured red cotton near bottom (end of which hangs loose near one side); pairs of seed loops at bases of openings. Condition: some seeds missing.


Collected by Walter Bushell, a Baptist missionary in Burma, between 1860 and 1880; Gift to MFA on June 10, 1981

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Walter Bushell