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Hani (Akha) minority costume

The Hani are a small but widely scattered group who live in the upland areas of Yunnan province, near to the borders with Vietnam, Laos and Burma. They have some distinctive and interesting styles of dress, particularly jackets worn by Hani women.

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CET247 A rare Hani jacket from the Honghe area for weddings and festivals, with silver ornaments (bells) attached along the lower edge. Jacket is in three layers with indigo calendering (mostly worn off) on the outermost layer. Costumes of this type are depicted in books of Hani costume published in China, but this is the only actual example that I have seen to date. Silver content of the ornaments unknown. 89cm wide x 53cm long. Mid-20th century.

Hani (Akha) jacket with silver ornaments
(reverse side of CET247)
Hani jacket from Yunnan province, China