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Sword accessory

Sword accessory

  • Place of origin:

    Kachin State (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool. Cotton. Dye. Cowrie Shells. Knitting. Dyeing.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Narrow carrying cord knitted in repeating bands of dark and light green, white and pinks with its ends finished in long fringes of fine red braid, cotton tassels, pom-poms and strung cowrie beads.

Place of Origin

Kachin State (made)


early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool. Cotton. Dye. Cowrie Shells. Knitting. Dyeing.


Length: 5 m, Width: .05 cm

Object history note

The knitted cord is wound tightly several times around the upper part of the scabbard and slung diagonally across the shoulder.
For further information see Caroline Courtald, In Search of Burma; p. 87
For a mid 19th century example of a Kachin sword and a textile carrying belt see 2340 (IS)

Descriptive line

A knitted carrying cord for a sword used by a man of one of the hill tribes of Kachin State northern Burma. Wool. Patterned with bands of pink, green and white finished with a long fringe of fine red braid, cotton tassels and strung cowries. c. early 20th century.

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

C Courtauld: "In search of Burma" p. 87


Wool; Cotton; Dye; Cowrie Shells


Knitting; Dyeing


Textiles; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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