Woman's coat

Burmese; Tibeto-Burmese (Lahu)
British colonial rule

Object Place: Shan, Myanmar (Burma)


117 cm (46 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, embroidered

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Two indigo-dyed cotton panels joined at center back and folded at shoulder line; short seams under armholes, open front. Straight-cut sleeves. Stand-up collar. Red bindings at collar, sleeve joins and center sleeve seams, cuffs, front opening; blue bindings at side openings. Red and blue panels at side openings edged in white stitching. Front opening decorated with red, orange, green, blue cotton: stripes above bands flanking black and white vandyked band above panels of black and white crosses in boxes formed by red cotton stripes and bands. Red and white dagged edge trim at edges of front panels, sleeve seam and collar bindings. Blue cotton collar lining and yoke facing.


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

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Walter Bushell