Woman's tunic (klam or khrang)

Burmese (Laytu Chin peoples)
mid-20th century

Object Place: Arakan and Chin State, Myanmar (Burma)


Height x width: 19 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (49.5 x 52.1 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton - plain weave and silk

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Simple, sleeveless square with deep v-neck and armholes of equal length. The upper half of this garment is richly embellished with finely woven supplementary geometric patterns in repeating diamonds and lattices of magenta silk thread with subtle accents in white. The bottom half of this garment is traversed with two 2 inch vertical stripes of supplementary weaving consisting of diamond and cross-mark variants in magenta and white. Narrow vertical stripes of magenta run from the top of the garment to the hem. Along the selvedge edge that runs down the middle of the piece, is an embroidered alternating magenta and yellow strip. This is often a feature of Naga material from groups in Nagaland and Burma that share several design affinities with this group. There are two sets of floating magenta and white threads that border the top and bottom of the black lower section of this garment.


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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund