The International Maew Boran Association
Tamra Maew Description
The Khao manee "White Jewel" is a modern name, not appearing in any of the manuscripts and likely came from Rama V, or his son who is rumored to bred these cats in the Palace. In the Tamra Maew the cat appears as Khao Plodt "Solid White" or in some cases without a name, and only a description. The coat color is compared to the purity of a glass bead, mercury, or lead, what English would describe as pure white, or brilliant white. Eye color is compared to a diamond, with no reference to blue, yellow or odd eyes as seen today. Translations by TIMBA.
The Khao Manee is also a rare color in Maew Boran. While the Khao Manee has been recognized in thailand for hundreds of years, it first appeared in the west in 1999, making it the most recent color to be appreciated and bred by breeders outside of Thailand. The coat color is a solid, bright white. Eyes can be blue, yellow, or the more rare combination of odd colored eyes.