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Yinzi or tabet

Yinzi or tabet

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk acheik-luntaya hand-woven tapestry weave

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Acheik (horizontal wave patterned) textile Yinzi (breast cloth) or tabet (stole) in silk luntaya ('100' shuttles interlocking tapestry) hand-woven weave. The weft pattern of a multi-strand cable design alternates with bands of undulating floral, creepers and straight bands filled very closely with conventional flowers and leaf scrolls in red, pink, orange, yellow, light and dark greens, white and black on a red ground. The ends are finished in deep checkered bands in the colours of the main body.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk acheik-luntaya hand-woven tapestry weave


Length: 274.3 cm, Width: 27 cm, Length: 109.25 in, Width: 10.75 in

Object history note

This garment was found in 1885 by the husband of the donor, Col. Pollard, at the Royal Palace, Mandalay, in the apartment of the chief queen (mibaya), Queen Supayalat, of King Thibaw (r.1878-1885) with IM 8, 9, 10-1909.

Descriptive line

Acheik textile Yinzi (breast cloth) or tabet (stole) in silk luntaya hand-woven tapestry weave, Mandalay, ca. 1885

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fraser-Lu, Sylvia. Handwoven Textiles of South-East Asia. Oxford University Press: 1988. 50 & 88p., ill. Fig. 113 & 114.

Production Note

Attribution note: Woven on a hand loom in Mandalay Palace. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885)






Women's clothes; Textiles


South & South East Asia Collection

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