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Weaving, Upper Burma

Weaving, Upper Burma

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(61)

Item number: 4301561

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of a woman seated at a loom outdoors in Upper Burma, taken by the firm of Watts and Skeen in the 1890s. The Burmese have a long history as accomplished textile weavers, creating fabrics for sacred and domestic use and for personal attire. Most fabrics were woven on the type of loom shown, known as a yakan zin. It is built in the form of a rectangular wooden frame within which the woman sits on a built-in seat. The house behind is an example of vernacular Burmese domestic architecture. It is made out of wood, woven bamboo and thatch, and raised on posts using a pile construction design.

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