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Identifier: cu31924023077252
Title: Shans at home
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Milne, Leslie, Mrs., 1860-1952 Cochrane, Wilbur Willis
Subjects: Shan (Asian people)
Publisher: London : J. Murray
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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by little booths—used as shops—with thatched roofs supported by poles. There are nocounters. If the goods to be sold are silk or velvet,or any material which may easily spoil, there is in eachshop a bamboo floor, raised about a foot from theground. The shopkeeper squats inside in the middleof his wares ; the buyers sit on the edge of the floor,with their feet on the ground outside. Shans do notask more money than they consider that their goodsare worth, except in the sale of houses and cattle,when there is a great deal of bargaining and hagglingover the price. Home-made cloth, also rice, baskets,and meat, are sold at fixed rates, which may vary alittle from time to time, but for such goods onemerchant does not charge more than another. Fruit or vegetables are dear or cheap accordingto the quantities brought into the market for sale.Foreign goods are brought by traders from downcountry on pack-bullocks or mules to the Shan bazaars.Among the merchants a few natives of India, or even

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■ ■ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H R p «s:^^ f ^^1 ^^^^^^L ~ -oX* b*^ ^^^^ ^tt ^ 1A ^^E^ Bite GERMAN GOODS 137 from Afghanistan, may be found, who have settledfor purposes of trade in Shan villages. There are practically no articles of British manu-facture in the country districts of the Northern ShanStates, except a few needles and reels of Paisley thread.Shoes and matches come from Japan, also some thincotton materials. Silks for embroidery, tinsel-thread,small porcelain bowls, copper cooking-pots, and brasslamps—in which sesamum oil is burnt—are of Chinesemanufacture. Cotton goods and coarse muslins comefrom India. All other goods that are not of nativeworkmanship are Made in Germany. There arerows and rows of booths where only articles ofGerman manufacture are sold. Kachins can buy thecheap red German flannel which ornament their jackets,also the scarlet braid which, when cut into lengthsof a few inches, is made into fringe to decorate theirbags; common glass beads—amber, green, crim

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