Language: Burmese
Source: Period account


Dha-lwé is an alternative spelling for da̱lwe (ဓားလွယ်); a large dha that was worn slung over the shoulder.1

It is also spelled dalwé. According to Bell, it was part of the full uniform of the Burmese soldier.2


Main article: da̱lwe (ဓားလွယ်)



A dha-lhwe

A Burmese dha-lwe


Dha by Saya Pyo

Composite illustration of a dha-lwe made by Saya Pyo of Mindan Village, Yamethin District.
The blade shows the career of the patron saint of Burman smiths, Maung Tin De.


1. Adoniram Judson; Burmese pocket dictionaryAmerican Baptist Mission Press, Rangoon, 1887. Page 244. The transliteration later got standardized by the Myanmar Language Committee to da̱lwe.
2. E.N. Bell I.C.S.; A Monograph on Iron and Steel Work in Burma. Rangoon, Superintendent, Government Printing Burma, 1907. Page 21.
3. Ibid. Page 2.

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On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.


With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.


A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.


These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.


Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.