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Nagas Birds Elephants: Traditional Dress from Mainland Southeast Asia

Exhibits arts, motifs, materials and weaving techniques of Southeast Asian textiles, local attires and tribal clothing, including Tai, Hmong, Akha, and Bru in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. Examines figures of spirits, animals, mythical being and visual codes with specific meaning shown in clothing. Covers Naga, Hong birds, Elephants, Swastika and Buddhist symbols. Traces history of cultural textiles from the South China Sea to the Mediterranean. Demonstrates narrative cloth telling about the British troops invading the Burmese court, Buddhist scroll painting, raw materials and tailoring the Bark poncho.