Weaving through the rice fields

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Detail from an embroidered ethnic Karen woman's tunic from a collection held by the Karen Culture and Literature Society in Rangoon/Yangon, Burma/Myanmar. This embroidered tunic is made from commercially woven thin cotton with horizontal, hand-appliqued red cotton strips interspersed with horizontal and symmetrical, elaborately hand-embroidered strips of white, yellow, red, turquoise and green. The top was donated to the Karen Culture and Literature Society, and its origins are unknown, although the thinness of the material and the fact it is embroidered, rather than woven all point to it being made and worn in a lowland, southern, urban area such as Rangoon/Yangon, where the climate is always hot, where few women weave and where good quality thin imported cotton from India was more readily available.