7 / 2004

Burma - Ladies' boot with embroidered cloth upper

The Eastern part of Burma borders to Yunnan province of China. Many minority tribal people inhabit this region. One of those is the Yi-tribe, which produced this boot. The upper is made of black cloth with a red cloth lining. The foot-part is intricately lock-stitch embroidered with flower motifs. The one-inch thick sole consists of rice-pasted layers of cloth, covered with cloth and is hempthread-stitched to the upper. Other minority groups in the area use the same materials and construction, however distinguish themselves with different styles of embroidery.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland