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Kachin Womanâs Skirt

Kachin Woman’s Skirt

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1950: Item # 1102038

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Exceptionally fine and rare Jinghpaw (aka Jingpo in China) “pukhang” heirloom wrap around skirt from Burma’s northern most state of Kachin. This piece is woven in three panels from two ply handspun cotton thread and goat or dog hair yarn supplementary weft pattern. As I am assuming that goat hair has similar smell to sheep’s wool when wet, so most likely this is dog. This piece is intricately composed and tightly woven lacking the garish colors of a recent piece. The aniline pink dyes are used very sparingly while it is difficult for me to determine whether or not the red is natural or not- possibly both. A recent trip to Mae Sai, which is a transit point for most Ethnographic materials coming out of Burma, in Northern Thailand revealed that not even new pieces are coming out any more since none were to be found. I am dating this piece 60 years or older. As with many of the Burmese highland peoples, textiles play an important cultural role determining status, “bride price” gifts, and funeral rites i.e., that a person wants to “look their best when laid to rest.” References: Textiles of the Hill Tribes of Burma- Michael Howard, Vanishing Tribes of Burma- Richard Kiran and Mantles of Merit- David and Barbara Fraser. There are a few pin holes but otherwise excellent condition.