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Kalaga

  • Place of origin:

    Rangoon (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century-early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool with applique work in cotton damask, satin, calico and velvet, and embroidered in sequins, silver and silver gilt threads and imitation pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Given by M.E. Barton, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    IM.14-1915

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Kalaga (wall hanging) made of black woollen cloth with applique work in cotton damask, satin, calico and velvet. Embroidered in silver sequins, silver and silver gilt thread spirals and beads imitating pearls.

The subject represents a Princess of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) and in the costume of the 19th century. She stands full-front, against a black background, with earrings, necklace, bracelets of imitation pearls and a floral headdress, the right arm bent, the left pendant. The ein-gyi (outer jacket) is yellow, the yinzi (breast cloth) red, the hta-mein (wrap-round skirt) to which is attached a white train, is magenta with acheik patterns. All the garments are heavily sequined in a variety of motifs. The earrings are of looking glass. The flower in the headdress is of pink Berlin wool.

Place of Origin

Rangoon (made)

Date

late 19th century-early 20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wool with applique work in cotton damask, satin, calico and velvet, and embroidered in sequins, silver and silver gilt threads and imitation pearls

Dimensions

Length: 141 cm, Width: 63 cm, Length: 54 in, Width: 24.75 in

Descriptive line

Kalaga (wall hanging) made of embroidered woollen cloth with applique work, Rangoon, late 19th century to early 20th century

Production Note

Possibly made in the Rangoon suburb of Kemmendine.
Attribution note: Probably produced for the European market.

Materials

Wool; Cotton damask; Satin; Calico; Velvet; Sequins; Glass

Techniques

Embroidering; Weaving; Applique; Stitching

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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