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Burma image, WA0610

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Description: Burma image, WA0610. [A Haka Chin woman.] (Researcher's notes in brackets)
‘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]

*****The Haka and all southern women wear their hair in a ball low down on the nape of the neck. The ball is produced by coiling the hair round a brass, two-pronged skewer, weighing from 2-5lbs, the object of the great weight of the skewer being to keep the hair well down on the neck. The hair is kept from becoming unwound by means of a bamboo spike which acts as an ordinary hairpin. These bamboo spikes are often lacquered and prettily engraved and are a favourite gift of young men to their sweetheArts. The southern women are very proud of their hair, which is considered the chief point of beauty in woman. It is, however, supposed to be unlucky to compliment a woman on her hair, and for the same reason, flowers are never worn in the hair’ [‘The Chin Hills: Vol. I’, B. S. Carey and H. N. Tuck, Rangoon, 1896, p.170]
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Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: All Rights Reserved
Caption: Burma image, WA0610

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Image
Subject tags:
Myanmar; James Henry Green Collection
   
Other Keywords: Photography; Burma; Myanmar

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Original Filename: dmas_wa0610_d01.tif
Size: 29.76 MB; 1969 x 2640 pixels; 167 x 224 mm (print at 300 DPI); 521 x 698 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Portrait

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Linked Accession no.: WA0610