Blanket (Can-lo paun)

Burmese (Khumi Chin peoples)
British colonial rule
early 20th century

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


Height x width: 75 3/4 x 41 1/4 in. (192.4 x 104.8 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave and silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular form comprised of two panels of hand-woven cotton. The black background is richly embellished with supplementary weft stripes comprised of small diamonds and chevrons in maroon, ecru, blue, and gray-green silk. Four white weft stripes divide the intricately patterned background. Blankets such as this are prestige mantles and worn by prominent men in Khumi society. This style originates in Northern Chin State and is worn by chiefs and headmen in Haka, Falam, Matupi, Thantlang in North and Central Chin State and the Mara in Central Chin Sate and Mizoram.


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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund