Shan cotton yantra protective undervestment, Burma, early 20th century.
Shan cotton yantra protective undervestment, Burma, early 20th century.

Drawn by a spiritually empowered yantra master with ink made of auspicious herbs and dyes, then worn for protection from malevolent acts or intentions.  The power of this unusual shirt stems from animism.

Chin silk and cotton loin cloth, Burma, circa 1900, end detail.
Chin silk and cotton loin cloth, Burma, circa 1900, end detail.

One end of a long wrapping cloth, with discontinuous silk supplementary weft patterning on cotton.

Protective cotton yantra undervestment, Burma/Lanna, circa 1900.
Protective cotton yantra undervestment, Burma/Lanna, circa 1900.

Drawn by a monk or spiritually empowered yantra master with ink made of auspicious herbs and dyes, then worn to invoke protection and blessings from Buddha and all directions of the cosmic universe.

Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Hakachin man's silk wrap, Burma, circa 1900.
Hakachin man's silk wrap, Burma, circa 1900.

Discontinuous supplementary weft patterning on silk twill.

Kachin cotton and wool skirt cloth, Burma, early 20th century.
Kachin cotton and wool skirt cloth, Burma, early 20th century.

Alternating red, white and black stripes make this a piece of unique wearable art.

Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.

Boldly designed jacket embellished with cowrie shells and silver coins.

Chin man's cotton and silk loin cloth, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin man's cotton and silk loin cloth, Burma, early 20th century.

A very long loin cloth wrap with continuous one-faced supplementary weft patterning.

Skirt, Amarapura, Burma, early 20th century.
Skirt, Amarapura, Burma, early 20th century.

This rare painted skirt follows the patterning of the acheik-luntaya, also known as the “100 spool” design for the number of small shuttles used in the weaving.

Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, Burma, early to mid 20th century.
Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, Burma, early to mid 20th century.

With discontinuous and continuous one-faced supplementary weft patterning.  The weaving on the older upper wraps is so fine and tight it is said to be waterproof.

Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, circa 1900.
Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, circa 1900.

With continuous one-faced complementary weft patterning.

Chin cotton and wool skirt, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool skirt, Burma, early 20th century.

One of the most pleasing of traditional patterns which may be representative of the Chin ancestry.

Hakachin woman's silk skirt, Burma, circa 1900.
Hakachin woman's silk skirt, Burma, circa 1900.

Discontinuous silk supplementary weft on silk in fine traditional patterning.

Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.

Wool weaving on cotton, appliquéd batik patches and cowrie shells, symbolic of the female form.

Chin man's cotton and silk tunic, Burma, circa 1900.
Chin man's cotton and silk tunic, Burma, circa 1900.

One-faced complementary weft patterning.

Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Shan cotton yantra protective undervestment, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin silk and cotton loin cloth, Burma, circa 1900, end detail.
Protective cotton yantra undervestment, Burma/Lanna, circa 1900.
Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Hakachin man's silk wrap, Burma, circa 1900.
Kachin cotton and wool skirt cloth, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin man's cotton and silk loin cloth, Burma, early 20th century.
Skirt, Amarapura, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, Burma, early to mid 20th century.
Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, circa 1900.
Chin cotton and wool skirt, Burma, early 20th century.
Hakachin woman's silk skirt, Burma, circa 1900.
Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.
Chin man's cotton and silk tunic, Burma, circa 1900.
Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Shan cotton yantra protective undervestment, Burma, early 20th century.

Drawn by a spiritually empowered yantra master with ink made of auspicious herbs and dyes, then worn for protection from malevolent acts or intentions.  The power of this unusual shirt stems from animism.

Chin silk and cotton loin cloth, Burma, circa 1900, end detail.

One end of a long wrapping cloth, with discontinuous silk supplementary weft patterning on cotton.

Protective cotton yantra undervestment, Burma/Lanna, circa 1900.

Drawn by a monk or spiritually empowered yantra master with ink made of auspicious herbs and dyes, then worn to invoke protection and blessings from Buddha and all directions of the cosmic universe.

Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
Hakachin man's silk wrap, Burma, circa 1900.

Discontinuous supplementary weft patterning on silk twill.

Kachin cotton and wool skirt cloth, Burma, early 20th century.

Alternating red, white and black stripes make this a piece of unique wearable art.

Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.

Boldly designed jacket embellished with cowrie shells and silver coins.

Chin man's cotton and silk loin cloth, Burma, early 20th century.

A very long loin cloth wrap with continuous one-faced supplementary weft patterning.

Skirt, Amarapura, Burma, early 20th century.

This rare painted skirt follows the patterning of the acheik-luntaya, also known as the “100 spool” design for the number of small shuttles used in the weaving.

Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, Burma, early to mid 20th century.

With discontinuous and continuous one-faced supplementary weft patterning.  The weaving on the older upper wraps is so fine and tight it is said to be waterproof.

Chin cotton and silk breast cloth, circa 1900.

With continuous one-faced complementary weft patterning.

Chin cotton and wool skirt, Burma, early 20th century.

One of the most pleasing of traditional patterns which may be representative of the Chin ancestry.

Hakachin woman's silk skirt, Burma, circa 1900.

Discontinuous silk supplementary weft on silk in fine traditional patterning.

Chin cotton and wool jacket, Burma, early 20th century.

Wool weaving on cotton, appliquéd batik patches and cowrie shells, symbolic of the female form.

Chin man's cotton and silk tunic, Burma, circa 1900.

One-faced complementary weft patterning.

Chin cotton and wool leggings, Burma, early 20th century.
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