Woman's tunic (thindoing)

Burmese (Karen)
British colonial rule
1860–80


Object Place: Shan, Myanmar (Burma)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1981.272

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Provenance

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