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Woman's skirt
(Zin me lon-gyi)
(late 20th century)

silk, dyes (weft ikat), cotton, metallic thread
96.0 cm (centre back) 76.0 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
Inlay Lake, Burma
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2006
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
The textile is woven in silk weft ikat, with patterns that reflect various textile traditions in the Burmese textile repertoire. It utilises the wave motif traditionally executed in tapestry weave (acheik) to produce skirt cloths for royalty, but creates the pattern through the use of the ikat technique, and incorporates synthetic silver thread, a contemporary material also seen in other silk weft ikat textiles in different styles.