From Burma to Atlanta:

Photos of resettlement of refugee families from Burma

Resettlement: Arrival | Orientation | Casework | Children | Volunteers   Events: Karen New Year | Chin Festivals | Burmese Thingyan | Karenni deeku

Culture: Food | Craft & Clothing | Tradition & History | WorshipSports | Sharing    Stories: Nuag Reh, a Karenni elder

Craft & Clothing











This little girl wears a layer of thanaka, a thick pasty cosmetic worn by many women and children from Burma for both beauty and protection from the sun. Each group in Burma has their own unique set of patterns and designs for clothes and other fabrics. Here a Chin man wears a suit in the pattern of his community. This Karenni (or Kayah) woman shows some of her traditional dress. Note the weighted ear pieces that stretch a large hole in her earlobes.
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Craftwork is familiar to the Burmese in the form of jewelry and accessories. At left is a bead necklace created by a local Chin woman. At right is shoulder bag common to Burma decorated in the Karen tradition. Most of the Karen continue to wear their traditional shirts like those seen here and. Around the community, many still wear their traditional longyi, a sarong wrap common throughout Burma (but the younger generation much prefers their holey Levis.) Karenni men sometimes wear these woven pants that came to define their identity for the British colonials. The name 'Karen-ni' comes from the Burmese for "Red Karen" which they were labelled as because of the unique red outfit. This Kachin couple wore their traditional outfits at their wedding. The woman's dress also includes a red woven apron and leggings
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Traditional tools and items of the Chin include straps for holding harvesting baskets and bulbous pipes for smoking.