Breast cloth or stole ( Yinzi or Tabet ) 1885  

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Object- Breast cloth or stole ( Yinzi or Tabet )
Date-1885
Techniques- Silk luntaya ('100 shuttles' interlocking tapestry weave)
Place-Mandalay (City), Burma
Dimensions-Length 264 cm, Width 27.4 cm
Current Location-Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum number-IM.8-1909
This is a detail of a silk garment, woven on a hand-loom in Mandalay Palace. The bands of undulating rope design, filled with floral and leaf patterns in a range of stunning colours on a red ground, exemplifies the renowned and uniquely Burmese textile known as acheik-luntaya. This garment would have been worn by a lady of the court either as a tabet (stole) or a yinzi (breast cloth), forming an ensemble when worn with a wrap skirt known in Burma as an hta-mein and jacket known as an ein-gyi. 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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Anonymous  

Thank-you for your blog.
I am an art teacher who has many Karen and Karenni students. YOu sit has given me a source to show them the concepts I am teaching as applied to the arts of their history. Again,
Thank-you

November 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM

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