Above, from Olivier Tallec's collection, is
"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
Click on the images to the left to go to enlargements
of details of the tunic