In the first figure, the governors of Myanmar are being awarded the cloth as a mark of honour. Luntaya acheik was the sacred cloth of the ancient Myanmar royals. But under the colonial rule everyone could wear this acheik.
To know the preferences of the people of Myanmar better, the governemnt conducted a survey after which the acheik became the national costume.
Now three types of acheik are produced for mass consumption. The acheik is produced over 100 shuttle looms, under 100 shuttle looms and 100 shuttle looms out of silk, silk-satin and satin-nylon.
The acheik has become national heritage and is maintained by the state council.
Luntaya acheik has also modernised with social transformation and globalisation through media.
2019 July 16
University of Mandalay
Luntaya acheik: The Making of Myanmar's Traditional Dress