Burma image, WA0367. Ja Doi. Full length.
'The men have adopted the Shan kit - big pugrees, voluminous trousers and a Shan jacket or a double-breasted Chinese jacket made from either Chinese or bazaar cloth. The women wear Nmai kit similar in design to that of the Marus and the Atsis. They are, however, much more ornate. The skirt is often woven all over with bright coloured patters and their pugrees and leggings are generally woven in a similar way. Their jackets which open down the front, are made of black velvet or some other bazaar material and are profusely decorated with silver coins, discs, plaques and tassels. Their sleeves are bound in red and white and they often wear red armlets decorated with silver and with cowries. A large number of black lacquered cane rings are worn round the waist and hip. The well-to-do wear large numbers of silver bracelets inlaid with enamel, and the members of chiefs' families often wear Hkahku 'Kaji' necklaces. Their skirts open on the right in Nmai fashion. It will be seen that the kit is typically Nmai, but their comparative wealth and their proximity to the Shans and bazaars has enabled their love of colour, jewellery or decoration to be exploited in an extravagant way. The men's haversacks are woven in a similar way to the women's skirts and these bags and the women's pugrees are further decorated with red braid, Job's tears and silver trinkets. In their weaving the dominant colour is red. The decorations are woven in pink, yellow and green wool. Girls have their ears pierced in the middle of the pavilion at the age of about ten months and the lobes pierced at about eight years. From the first hole they often hang small red plaques of inlaid silver, and through the second hole is placed a silver tube similar to that worn by some Marus. The silver jewellery is made by the Shans, and it is the Kachin women's only treasure and is constantly being sold or pawned to meet urgent needs' [dissertation, 1934:284-285]