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Khami, Khumi, Mru and Sunghtu, southern Chin groups - Bangladesh and Myanmar

Sunghtu man's tunic in the collection of Olivier Tallec

images © Olivier Tallec
Jpeg 58K detail of Zantu man's tunic
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Above, from Olivier Tallec's collection, is a detail of "a cloth (a blouse , sleeveless with V neck, made of two pieces sewn together vertically like page 139 of Michael Howard (Textiles of the Hill Tribes of Burma, Michael C Howard). I found it four or five years ago, and I bought it as a Chin Akha man's blouse."

Olivier's textile is very similar to a tunic in The Textile Museum Journal 1999-2000 - Notes from the Field: On the Trail of Khumi, Khami, and Mro Textiles by Deborah Lindsay Garner and Jay Bommer.  On page 40 "Fig 31. Zantu man's tunic approximately 93 x 81 cm and Fig 32. Detail of Zantu man's tunic shown in figure 31."

Bommer and Garner say on page 39 that: "The Zantu are thought to live in a similar area to the Khumi, Khami and Mro. "The long tunic is worn by the Zantu (or Santu) who live on the lower parts of Lemro River. Their area stretches from Myebon, which is southeast of Sittwe. Local people call the Zantu the "Sea Chin" due to their proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The second type of tunic is worn by men. (figs 31, 32). The men's garments are more somber in colour than the woman's. The black background is striped in beautifully woven, geometrically designed bands of varying widths, in soft warm tones of madder and tan."

Bommer and Garner refer to the group as 'Zantu (or Santu)'; other literature refers to the group as 'Sungtu' or 'Sunghtu' and this seems to be the name increasingly used to describe them.

Click on the images to the left to go to enlargements of the tunic and another detail

Jpeg 50K detail of Zantu man's tunic
see Sunghtu man's tunic as shown in Textile Museum Journal article by Deborah Lindsay Garner and Jay Bommer
see another Sunghtu tunic on Susan Stems' tribaltrapping.com site which is now in the collection of Pamela Cross.  See detail with a better indication of colour.
go to index page of Khami, Khumi, Mru and Sungthu - southern Chin groups - Bangladesh and Myanmar
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