Woman's breastcloth (ah khin)

Burmese (Khami, Chin)
20th century

Object Place: Arakan State, Burma


Overall: 38.1 x 74.9 cm (15 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton; warp-faced plain-weave with continuous supplementary weft patterning

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular light red cotton cloth with narrow hand rolled, hand stitched hems. The primary design elements are of a wide central lengthwise band of a large diamond-shaped latticework made up of small geometric motifs in red, yellow, pale green and white supplemental patterning flanked by two outer bands of a smaller diamond-shaped latticework. The three bands are separated by two narrower bands of repeating rows of diamond motifs in red, pale green, yellow and white.


Acquired by Tribal Spirits in Burma, 1980s-1990s; Purchased by the MFA, April 27, 2005

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham