Karen Girls’ Ceremonial Dress
Made for a Pwo Karen girl, this is an especially nice example. Only unmarried girls wear long dresses, and the Pwo are especially creative with their decoration. The shoulders and hem are embellished with tufted supplementary weft yarns in a diamond pattern. The yoke has more typically Pwo weft bands of discontinuous color. Long strands of red cotton thread form fringe at the midsection. This little dress is full of colorful detail and is a wonderfully whimsical composition. At 20-35 years old, condition is quite good, with soil only visible under the red fringe – these dresses are often badly and unacceptably soiled. Please see Paul and Elaine Lewis ‘Peoples of the Golden Triangle’, p.74 for a similar example.
Size: 32.5 in. h. x 20 in. w. @ shoulders (not including fringe).