Skirt ornament

Akha women make distinctive indigo-dyed garments that consist of elaborate accessories such as this skirt ornament. A variety of bright, colourful objects was used to decorate it including glass beads, silver balls and discs, coins, wool pompons, gibbon fur, red-died chicken feathers, tassels and Job's tears seeds. The Akha, an ethnic minority group who migrated into Northern Thailand, originated from Yunnan in China. They moved into Burma, Laos and Vietnam during the 19th century.

Date/Period
Mid 20th century, c.1960s
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Object size: L30 x W15
Accession No.
1993-01306
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories

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