Woman's lower body wrapper (hnitial)

Burmese (Haka (Lai))
British colonial rule
late 19th century

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


Overall: 71.1 x 87.6 cm (28 x 34 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; warp-faced plain-weave with discontinuous supplementary warp and weft patterning

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Red, gold and green silk cloth hand-stitched together to form a tubular skirt. The primary design elements, created by supplemental warp and weft patterning, are of wide crosswise bands of a fine, repeating diagonally-oriented lattice work of diamond motifs in red, alternating with narrower bands of repeating diamond motifs in gold and green.


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