Burma image, WA0606. Full length portrait of two Shan girls.
'Until Shan children are five or six years old there is little difference in the lives of boys and girls. Little girls soon learn to make themselves useful in the house. They are taught to sweep, and they must remember that is is unlucky to do so after sunset; if it is absolutely necessary to clean the floor at a late hour, the sweepings should be kept in the house until morning. Girls have other lessons to learn in the home. They are taught to take the seeds from the bolls of cotton, to set the long strands on the loom, and tie the ropes through the big beams which form the treadles. Children also help to watch the wood fire, which burns on a box filled with deep sand. Little girls are tiny editions of their mothers, dressed in exactly the same fashion' ['Shans at Home', L. Milne, London, 1910, pp.42-43]