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Missions in Myanmar: Exploring the traditional Kachin dress
CCCTC #2532, Myanmar outfit, gathered by Miss Charity Carman in the early 1930' s. Miss Charity Carman went to Burma, now Myanmar, as a Baptist Church Msn. Ms. Carman comes from a mother and daughter generation of missionsaries. As John's work concentrated on India, Charity lived in Burma and worked at the American Baptist school Paku Carman in Toungoo.
Brief bio of Miss Charity Carman, published by her Baptist congregation before her leaving in 1930. Kachin woman's dress is an example of the Kachin's clothing tradition, which lives in the Kachin Hills in the north of Myanmar and adjacent areas of China and India. Burma is an ethically varied country made up of 135 state-recognised ethnical groups, which are then divided into eight "large domestic ethnical races".
" From 2013, the Kachin tribe accounted for about 1.5 per cent of Myanmar's total populace (Chandra 2013). Mrs. Carman donates the set consisting of a wraparound dress, a decorated velour coat, anklet and waist. They are the main ingredients of today's similar Kachin clothing.
This is the entire Myanmar piece library that Charity Carman gave on her comeback. Common dress codes such as the Longgyi are a sign of equality of the sexes in today's Union of Myanmar (Kennett). The fabric is hand-woven, most likely on a dorsal band weaver, which can take time. Her customs and traditions, publicized by the American Baptist Mission Press, noted that "the Kachin women in Burma are unsurpassed when it comes to art weave and embroidery" (Hanson 1913: 48).
They are made of a colourful fabric, similar to the one of the Longgyi. When the three-year convention was established in 1814, American Baptist expatriate assignments to Burma began. American Baptist Chin delegation "emphasized Christianity as a way of living, as a lifestyle", which also covered everyday living issues, as well as clothing practice (Sakhong 2010: 249).
The participants in the missions saw this as a great achievement, but it is clear that the coordinators also encountered opposition. Taylor said in the story of the American Baptist Chin Mission: "With its followers of the Buddha School and its many militant clans of animist belief, Burma posed tremendous challenge to the American Baptists' attempts to consolidate Christianity in the following years.
" However, when Miss Charity Carman first came in 1930, for over 100 years evangelists had been "systematically planting the faith" (Johnson 1988: 5a). In the course of my research I began to question the ethic of mission work and quickly realised that the subject is not in writing.
There was no intention of any damage from Burma missions. As I pondered the purpose and eventual impact of mission work in Burma, I began to wonder why so many evangelists were collecting clothes and other physical artefacts that were indicative of the ways of living they were trying to alter. Did they collect folk costumes from evangelists to show a pre-Christian past?
Or did the evangelists respectfully gather to show their esteem for differences in culture? In any case, it is interesting to consider the fact that this type of clothing has survived and is still in use. After all the things the evangelists could do, why is the dress code something that lasts?
Although I will never know what Miss Charity Carman's intention in gathering these objects was, I appreciate that her first year of study allowed me to study clothes in Myanmar, both past and present, and to reflect on colonization, evangelistic mindsets and collection practice. Burma:
"Charlie Carman's Story". Research into Burma's ethnical diversity. Baptist Mission of the United States, 1913. The Christianity in the Chin Hills of Burma by missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society in the years 1899 to 1966. It' an ethnical dress. "MyanmarBurma.com. Fighting for democracy, human rights and federalism in Burma: A collection of writings and speeches.
Meeting of the Burma Baptist Missionary Conference. The Burma-Baptist Mission Conference: Forty-two annual meetings, Burma, Rangoon. Baptist mission of the United States. costume of the world.