Burma image, WA0317. Hkahku woman H & S. [at railway station] (Researcher's notes in brackets)
Monochrome photographic print of Hkahk woman. It was taken by James Henry Green in the 1920s.
'Little jewellery is worn [by Hkahku women] - plain black bead necklaces with a white porcelain bead centre being favoured. Tubular amber ear-plugs are worn by the wealthy, and any type of paper or vegetable fibre plug by the slaves, children and less well-to-do. It is particularly noticeable how the Hkahkus favour sober colours and little jewellery whereas the Nmai people love bright colours and innumerable bright coloured necklaces. A peculiar terracotta opaque ancient glass bead called 'khaji' is greatly valued amongst Hkahku women and Kachins. It is seldom seen out of Chiefs' houses. One bead may be worth as much as Rs.10/. It is passes on as part of bride price and kept as heirloom. I have been unable to find its place of origin but it is undoubtedly very ancient. When in Malaya I discovered some of these beads in an ancient deposit which was being worked by Ivor Evans on Cilincing Island; Kachins were with me and were amazed and delighted at the find' [dissertation, 1934:65-66]