1885 Breast cloth or stole ( Yinzi or tabet )  

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Object-Breast cloth or stole,Yinzi or tabet
Techniques- Silk luntaya ('100 shuttles' interlocking tapestry weave), with double or triple weft threads in the acheik section and single threads in the end borders
Place-Mandalay (City), Burma

Length 244 cm
Width 29.2 cm
Current Location-Victoria&Albert Museum
Museum number-IM.10-1909

This silk dress piece was woven on a hand-loom in repeating twisted rope and leaf filled wave patterns in yellow, white and gilt threads against a red ground. It is an example of the renowned, and uniquely Burmese, textile known as the acheik-luntaya. This garment would have been worn as a breast cloth, forming an ensemble, as shown, with a wrap skirt (9756 IS) and jacket (5623 IS).

The garment dates from the reign of King Thibaw (r. 1878-1885), the last ruler of the Konbaung dynasty. It was found in the apartment of Queen Supayalat, the chief queen of King Thibaw, by the donor's husband, Colonel Pollard, who was a member of the British force that annexed upper Burma in 1885.

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