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Prestige loincloth (samtu nay na)

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Long, rectangular textile comprised of a length of white plain weave cotton, which ends on two 30 inch panels of black cotton. The black panels are horizontally traversed by bands of fine supplementary weaving. Bands of varying width feature different combinations of small chevron designs in...

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

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund

Burmese (Khumi Chin peoples), British colonial rule, about 1900

Object Place

Paletwa, Chin State, Myanmar (Burma)


Height x width: 275 x 16 in. (698.5 x 40.6 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave and silk


Textiles and Fashion Arts