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  • Place of origin:

    Rakhine (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    c. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton. Woven with supplementary weave. Stitching.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Made of two panels of navy handwoven fabric (24.2 cm wide) hand stitched along the selvage to make one piece. A vertical band (3 cm. wide) formed of geometric patterns in red and blue is woven in the middle of each panel. Narrow twisted and knotted fringe at one end and a rolled hem at the other. Narrow woven striped end border of red and yellow.

Place of Origin

Rakhine (possibly, made)


c. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton. Woven with supplementary weave. Stitching.

Marks and inscriptions

Label on garment: "India-Bengal, an apron, Arracan". repeated in French.


Length: 41 cm, Width: 49 cm

Descriptive line

An apron like garment with fringed hem of the "Laytu" or "Laytoo" ethnic group, a Chin people from Rakhine (Arracan) State, Burma. Blue woven cotton with geometric patterns of red and blue in supplementary weave. c. 1850

Production Note

1880 Slip Book states that this garment was received from Arracan in 1855. Further attribution by David W. Fraser, The Textile Museum of Wahington, D.C., 2003 is that it is of a Chin group "Laytu" or "Laytoo" ethnic group from Rakhine (Arracan) State.




Weaving; Stitching


India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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