DescriptionSungtu Chin (Myanmar, Chin State)
Height: 39 inches Width: 31 inches
The Sungtu Chin sub-group named here (one among more than forty) is ascribed by the collector of the tunic, James M. Barker. Chin men wearing tunics, but from another sub-group which uses similar colors but different designs, are shown in The Vanishing Tribes of Burma (Richard K. Diran. The Vanishing Tribes of Burma. New York: Amphoto Art/Watson-Guptill, 1997, p. 171). According to material released by The Textile Museum in conjunction with its major 2006-2007 Chin textile exhibit, the Chin resemble many peoples of greater southeast Asia in the central cultural importance given to textiles. Restrictions of pattern and type indicate various levels and kinds of achievement as well as distinguishing local sub-groups. All Chin textiles are woven on a backstrap loom with a continuous and circular warp. There is a darned patch on the front at the bottom left of the center seam, 5 inches up from the hem, as well as a patch at front right center 5 ½ inches to the right of the center line. A small rewoven hole is on the back 3 inches in from the side and 3 inches from the bottom.
James M. Barker, Santa Fe
Gary Hendershott, Little Rock
Estimate: $800 - $1,000.
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