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Bunun men's sleeved short shirt

Tags: aborigine | Bunun | clothing


This type of shirt is called putch in the Bunun language. It measures 139 cm horizontally and 41 centimeters vertically. On either side are sleeves made from black cotton cloth that measure 34.5 and 34 cm in length, respectively. The cuffs of the sleeves are 11.5 and 12.5 cm wide, respectively. At a point about 11 cm above the cuffs are rhombus patterns in orange, black, red, yellow, blue and green, and above that an “I”-shaped pattern in yellowish brown.

On the back are semi-circular and rectangular patterns near the waist and sleeves. Other patterns include rhombuses, X’s, I’s, crosses and zigzags. Cross-shaped buttons can be found along the neckline and near the collar are examples of applique.

From the front, this shirt mimics the Tang dynasty style of Chinese clothing. There is a central piece of cloth measuring 41 cm in length and 8 cm in width made of black cotton cloth. To this the button and closures are attached. Above, below and to the left of this are X-shaped, complex geometrical and I-shaped patterns. Near the waist, near the shoulders and near the cuffs are patterns similar to those on the back.

This type of shirt was usually formal attire for middle-aged men and was worn with a short skirt. The waistband featured numerous types of patterns. A black headband was decorated with patterns in red, blue, yellow, green and orange.


Department of Graphic Communications and Digital Publishing, Shih Hsin University Digital archiving project of the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines