Burma image, WA0548. Two Haka girls.
'Commencing in the south, the further one goes north the shorter are the skirts of the women. All wear the same class of garment, or garments, as it is usual to wear a petticoat under the blue or black, and in the case of the embroidered cotton skirt. The skirt is an open cloth on the tamein [Burmese women's skirt cloth] principle, but being more ample does not show the leg as is the case with the Burmese tamein. It is wound once and a half and even twice round the body and is kept in place by a brass or iron girdle which resembles the chain of a cog wheel and which weighs from 3-10 pounds. This girdle which is manufactured only in the southern villages, is worn round the waist over the skirt. Its weight resting on the hips prevents the garment from slipping off, although a great deal of pulling up and arranging of garments seems necessary when one comes suddenly across women in the villages as well as in the fields. A girdle of many strings is often substituted for the metal girdle, and would appear more satisfactory as it admits of being tightened, which metal girdle does not do' ['The Chin Hills: Vol. I', B. S. Carey and H. N. Tuck, Rangoon, 1896, p.172]