The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a uniquely shaped, white washed pagoda just outside of Mandalay. The Pagoda is topped with a gold spire, that enshrines an image of Buddha. The seven tiers of the pagoda feature niches, that contain small statues of mythological figures.
It is possible to climb to the top of the structure, where you will be treated to a great view of the Irrawaddy river, and nearby Mingun Pagoda.
Chin State, in north-western Myanmar, is an incredibly mountainous region, with an average elevation of 5000 - 8000 feet. Its highest peak is Mt Victoria, which rises to 10,017 feet. The Chin people do not have first, middle, or last names, but one name which may reflect the achievements of their grandparents, or the grandparents wishes for the childs future. The naming of children in this region is of great importance.
Cheroots are a distinctive cylindrical cigar, unique to Myanmar. It is common to see local women smoking cheroots, particularly in Eastern Myanmar. The cigars are said to be sweet and fragrant, and apparently freshen the mouth. The Cheroot industry in Myanmar is so profitable, you can see piles of the green cigars stacked high throughout markets, including in Mandalay.
In villages around Inle Lake, specially flavoured, hand rolled cheroots can be purchased, with flavours including pineapple, banana and honey.
Materials and Techniques: Embroidered silk and cotton, with stitch-work and appliqué with
silver-gilt threads and sequins
Museum number: IS.16-1961, Victoria Albert Museum
Description and images from the Victoria Albert Museum: “This is a fine example of a Burmese pictorial textile hanging known
as a kalaga. The owner would have used it either as a decorative wall hanging, a
room partition, or as a screen hung outside the house on festive occasions.
This one is made of green silk with an appliqué design in various
colours and materials. It illustrates episodes from the popular Candakinnari and
Ummadanti Jatakas stories–about the Buddha’s former lives–and from the
Manohari legend (see IS 2-1963). The costumes of the figures are depicted in the
stylised tradition of Burmese theatre and relate to the fashions worn in the
Mandalay Court of about 1880. The kalaga itself dates to the turn of the 19th
and 20th centuries.
Britain had taken control of the whole of Burma by 1885. The
extravagant style of kalagas appealed to Burmese and Europeans alike and their
popularity soared in the middle of the 19th century. This example was collected
by Sir Adam Beattie Ritchie during the time he worked with Burmah Oil at the
beginning of the 20th century.”
Artemis: This really is a fine example (details). I’d like to see it up close. Kalaga means curtain in Burmese (written: ကန့်လန့်ာ. :) love that). If you are interested in the history and technique see below for a brief wiki article.