Woman's tunic (keng krang)

Burmese (Zan-tu, San-tu peoples)
mid-20th century

Object Place: Arakan State, Myanmar (Burma)


Height x width: 37 1/4 x 31 1/4 in. (94.6 x 79.4 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave, silk, cowrie shells, glass beads, and buttons

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The black ground cloth of the upper two thirds of this garment is decorated with three sets of supplementary weaving patterns in magenta, pink, and tan. These design elements are centrally placed in a vertical arrangement on the left, right, and middle of the garment. They are repeated in the same configuration on the back. The upper area is further embellished with tiny white seed beads in double rows, white glass buttons and delicately embroidered designs in magenta, taupe, and tan. The lower third of the garment features large and small supplementary chevron patterns in magenta and pink silk and is the decorative focus of the piece. A row of supplementary avian-like figures top a decorative band of smaller elements which borders the richly patterned lower garment. White seed beads and buttons accentuate the hem.


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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund