Jacket

This is a Lahu Nyi (Red Lahu) woman's jacket made from home-spun indigo-dyed cloth, finished with appliquéd bands. The prevalence of red in their clothing possibly earned them their name. However, the origins of the colour distinctions are not clear, and not every group can be identified by the colour of their dress. Sarong-type skirts and leggings complete the Lahu Nyi women's daily wear. Thought to have orginated from China, the Lahu, migrated from Burma and Laos into northern Thailand. There are several sub-groups of Lahu in Thailand, including the Black Lahu (Lahu Na), and Yellow Lahu (Lahu Shi).

Date/Period
Mid 20th century, c.1960s
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Object size: 42 x 116 cm
Accession No.
1993-01218
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories