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 Burmese dha-lwe
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 dictionary. American 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.