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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:23 am 
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My interest is collecting Chinese porcelain and ancient beads. I am totally new in collecting old textiles. This is my first post at your forum.

Please find attached herewith 4 images of my first Burmese textile.

Any comments are most appreciated.

Thank you.

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Lee and Effi-
There are examples of luntaya acheik made with natural dyes from the 19thc. You may have not seen any because they are rare and quite expensive. There may be some examples in museums, tho I do not know personally of any. I have been lucky to see some in private collections, and I believe someone posted one on the forum a few years ago (found it: ); evidently one or two are shown in the book cited on that thread. Most of what we do see available is 20th c. and not natural dyes, but it doesn't mean there weren't any with natural dyes from the 19thc.


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Thanks Susan

I just saw this textile looks like a great early textile. from ( The Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection, 2003.9.1 ) web site . Here is the link to their web site.

http://www.tilleke.com/firm/community/textiles

Amarapura, Myanmar

Mid 19th century


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Lee and Effi, and others,

Susan refers to a book on the link she posted:
An illustrated Book of Burmese Court Textiles.

Both Seriol Richards and I mentioned it. It is lavishly illustrated with pieces described (earliest) "Burmese court textile in the Shan style from the early 19th century."
That could be clever wording: textile or Shan style from back then?
But I doubt it, the next date is "Shan textile from the mid 19th century."
The book also has photos from the 1870s of people wearing luntaya-acheiq. and one of a mural dated 1596 in Wat Phumin, Thailand, that shows two persons wearing cloth with wavy lines, which must have been created in a very similar technique.
The book points out that the popularity of luntaya-acheiq increased towards the end of the 19th c. Personally, I would attribute that the British colonial rule and decline of possible prohibition of use by others than nobles, perhaps also increased affluence allowing lessers to afford the expensive textiles.
The book also has a chapter on natural dyes, the author pointing out that vibrant colors could be achieved with them, but does mention synthetic dyes..
The modern luntaya-acheiq one can find in several shops in Rangoon are recognizably not as fine as the older ones, but those produced by the training college in Amarapura could well be of better quality.
I wouldn't venture a opinion about Lee's piece, other than saying that I would have been very tempted to buy.

Get the book and feast your eyes.

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I can see the book at available at a couple of Amazon sites as well as other on-line retailers...

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