Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Man's costume

Man's costume

  • Place of origin:

    Shan States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, dye, thread. Weaving, dyeing, stitching.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. T.W.F. Scott

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Shan States (made)


ca. 1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, dye, thread. Weaving, dyeing, stitching.

Object history note

The RP's only reveal that the two Akha costumes IS.154-1964 & IS.155-1964 were collected by Mr. T. W. F. Scott in 1936 while he was in Burma with Burmah Oil Company, Nyaungla, Burma.

Historical context note

The Akha, who originally came from Yunnan in Southern China, live in south-east Shan State, on the borderlands of China, Laos and Thailand. They live high in the mountains, their villages protected by 'spirit gates', in houses built on stilts. Practising slash-and-burn agriculture the Akha cultivate maize, tobacco, sugar cane and opium.

Descriptive line

A costume worn by a man of the Akha ethnic group of Kentung District, Southern Shan States, Burma. An ensemble that includes a decorated bamboo pipe and carrying pouch as well as a jacket, trousers, headband, belt, shoulder bag. Mainly of black cotton fabric with applique of bright and variously coloured cottons and braid, silk stitchwork with cording, coloured buttons, seeds and silver decorative elements. c. 1930


Cotton; Dye; Thread


Weaving; Dyeing; Stitching


South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.