Hukawng Amber

Responsibly mined with local stewardship

Scientific value from Kachin cultural resources

Striving for discovery

With immaculate preservation, these specimens open the world to ancient flora and fauna from the Cretaceous

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Our partners and staff work hard to find quality inclusions worthy for our research and understanding of natural history

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Kachin Amber Research Institute

Kachin Amber Research institute gaw anhte wunpawng mungdan hta pru ai manu dan ai nhprang sut rai ni hta na langai re ai ndai pat(payin) hpe tinang kanumungdan hta sha n-ga mungkan pinra hta mung tsawm htap ai wunpawng mungdan na nhprang re ai lam hpe dan dawng wa hkra shakut na matu yaw shada let Sumpra Bum mare hta npawt tawn nna nnan hpawng hpang wa ai..

Wunpawng mungdan hta Laiwa sai shaning tsa kaba hta ntsa malen pyen ai hte ga ntsa, hpun ntsa hkan na hkrung kanu ni pat(payin) a kata de nchyat rawng hkrum shi yang nga pra lai wa ai hpe anhte chye lu ga ai.

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Jiwoi Jiwa ni a prat hta mung pat(payin) hpe manu dan ai sut gan langai hku kachyi galaw nna a shingkang rai mawn sumli jai lang lai wa ai hpe labau hta mung mu lu ga ai. Jiwoi Jiwa ni a nat jaw makam hta pat(payin) kata kaw hkrung kanu ni chyat rawng taw ai hpe lu jai lang ai rai yang hkam kaja ai hte n-gun atsam jat ai lam ni, hpung shingkang ja wa ai zawn re ni, ging ja wa ai atsam ni lu la ai nga nna kam sham let jai lang wa ai nga hpe mung sawk sagawn nna chye lu ga ai.

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1800s ning daram kawn Burmite amber( myen pat) ngu nna masha ni shaga ai ndai wunpawng pat hpe sin na hkran masha ni hte miwa ni pat a tsawm ai nsam, ja ai atsam hte mawn sumli yang grai htuk manu nan re nsam atsam ni a majaw na chying myit shang sha nga ma sai re. Wunpawng mungdan Hugawng ginra hta pru ai ndai Pat (payin) gaw laga mungdan hkan pru ai ni hta laklai ai re. Sagaing, Hkamti ginra hkan pru ai pat( payin) hta grau nna laklai tsawm htap manu dan ai.

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Lai wa sai shaning law law hta gaw myen mung hta kau chyen mi gaw sut rai nhprang langai hku loi li jai lang ai hta lai nna baga ga ai daram gaw n-glaw ma ai. Ndai pat(payin) hpe ya gaw masha law law myit shang sha wa ai hte baga ga jai lang wa sai re. Dai re majaw tinang a labau shang nhprang sut rai re ai ndai pat(payin) a lam hpe sawk sagawn hkaja nhtawm garau kaja garau dan dawng ai hku mungkan shara shagu hta lu madun na matu shakut ra ga ai.

Mungdan a manu dan ai nhprang sut rai hpe manu shatsaw lu na matu, shi a lam mungkan pyinra hta dandawng wa na matu dang dep ai n-gun atsam machye machyang loi li re hte hpawhpang wa ai ndai Kachin Institute of Amber gaw tinang mungdan kata na uhpung uhpawng ni sha n-ga mungdan shinggan na uhpung uhpawng ni hte lata gindun nna wunpawng pat (payin) hte seng nna sawk sagawn da ai ni,shahkrup bawngban mayu ai lam ni, sawk sawgawn mayu ai lam ni hpe chyawm galaw na matu jin jin rai ga ai hte htawm hpang de wunpawng mungdan a manu dan ai nhprang ni hpe makawp maga let shi a manu dan ai lam ni hpe gaw sharawt mat wa na ga ai. -The Team

Anhte ndai uhpung gaw hpungtang hpaji du ni nre ga ai, anhte a mungdan na tsawm htap manu dan ai karai hpan da ai sut gan ni hpe sawk sagawn hkaja let shi dawdan nlu ai manu ni hpe shadan shadawng makawp maga na re ga a

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Kachin Amber Research Institute

Headquartered in Sumprabuhm Kachin State, and still in its infancy stages, the Kachin Institute of Amber Research is devoted to facilitating the recognition of Myanmar amber as a beautiful natural resource from our homeland of Kachinland in Myanmar, the nation formerly known to the world as Burma.

For hundreds of years our Kachin traditional people have been aware of the presence of ancient and exotic organisms which once roamed the earth before ultimately becoming stuck inside the amber. For local chieftains, large amber beads and jewellery were strung around the neck as a show of power and respect. Such power is believed to emanate (according to animist belief) from the flying winged animals trapped inside the amber. These old stories are now a confirmed reality, with much science coming from China.

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Since the 1800s Burmite amber, as it is called, has piqued the curiosity of both westerners and nearby ethnic Sino Chinese people for its beauty and hardness. Unlike ambers from other countries, Cretaceous (99myo) Myanmar amber mined in the Hukawng Valley is extremely tough and holds its form. To a lesser extent this is also true of Eocene amber mined in the nearby village of Hkamti.

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Other than jewellery, in the last several decades there has been an explosion in the level of interest in Myanmar amber, not only as a jewellery product but also as a form of natural history. These pieces of amber must be rescued from the clutches of the jewellery business and properly studied in facilities around the world who are better equipped; not only with the knowledge of pre-existing approaches to studying natural history in paleontology, but also with expensive equipment which is difficult to acquire and procure in a country such as Myanmar.

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(A Skyscan Micro CT scanner used to take 360 degree x-rays of Kachin resources)

Operating on a small budget and awaiting future local, state, national, and faith-based grants, the newly-established Kachin Institute of Amber is also partnering with local and international organizations to offer its catalogued collection on conditional loans so these pieces may be displayed, discussed, studied, and later preserved for the benefit of humanity and the preservation and promotion of Kachin cultural resources.


While our team are not scientists, we are diligent archivists, collectors, writers, and students learning new methods of identifying important inclusions, tagging and cataloguing so they can be studied properly in more sophisticated environments and displayed in beautiful institutions throughout our home country, especially (Kachin State) and abroad.

Thank you,

Director Hkangda Naw San


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