Apron

Description
This textile is a double apron composed of indigo cloth, edged with cream fabric (possibly hemp), with traces of pink dye. A panel of light blue cloth borders the bottom of the panel, above which are situated a row of cowrie shells. The apron is made out of a combination of patches of cloth and wool threads of different colours. As the donor information is unavailable for this apron, details of its exact provenance are unknown.

A row of small white ceramic buttons are also used to decorate the apron, which is a feature commonly used amongst Lisu women from the Putao area, Kachin State. Usually, the apron would be worn in association with items headcloth 106/2000/5, belt 106/2000/6, shin sleeves 106/2000/4/1 and tunic 106/2000/7, either at a wedding or for a special occasion.
Accession Loan No.
106/2000/2
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
apron
Simple Name
apron
Full Name
apron
Dimensions
whole length 590 mm; whole width 1060 mm
Cultural Group
Lisu
Production County
?Kachin / Shan State
Production Country
Myanmar
Production Area Region
SE
Production Continent
Asia
Family Group

Material
cowrie shells
Function Detail
worn as skirt-front with the short-fronted coat
Collection Area Region
SE
Collection Continent
Asia

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