Stitch in time

Material Information

Stitch in time
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Chan Aye
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Tapestry with gold-thread embroidery ( medium )
L293 x W129 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Women ( lcsh )
Tapestry ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Myanmar
21 x 96


The tapestry, A Stitch in Time, designed by U Chan Aye, was produced in Mandalay in 1995 for a planned exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The scenes depict women in various roles: at the top a figure offers flowers to the Buddha, with further frames recalling marital fidelity and bliss in the kinnari and kinnara, a royal couple and child with wet-nurse, a woman spinning, and six poses copied from Apyo-daw taya or ‘One hundred royal maidens’, a nineteenth century manuscript. This type of tapestry, known as shwe-chi-hto (gold-thread embroidery) is sometimes called a kalaga. These, however, were larger pieces, such as a curtain to go across a room in the palace or monastery, or a cover to drape over the coffin of a revered monk. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
Chan Aye is also known as U Chan Aye
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 34
Permission to Distribute were kindly provided by the Artist, Chan Aye.
On permanent loan from the Britain-Burma Society.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
Copyright 1995, Chan Aye. All rights reserved. Used here with permission of the artist. Fair use, as defined by copyright legislation, are allowed. All other uses are strictly controlled.