Burmese textiles

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

Visiting Burma was an amazing experience and almost by chance we managed to meet a part of it which taught us an important lesson: whenever there’s a man there are two hands involved in the art of making. This was not like other times we’ve met artisans. In fact due to lack of time and communication (the weavers we met couldn’t speak English) we only managed to picture the different steps of the process without performing a proper interview. However due to the unique situation in Burma and the incredible mastery of the people we have met we felt it was our duty to publish and share what we’ve witnessed. By all means this is one of those situation where pictures mean a thousands words.

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THE SURVIVING STORY

The history of Myanmar/Burma is strictly connected to its textile tradition but according to the latest country development this is true also for its future.¬†With the change in the political scenario, Myanmar is trying to establish itself as a leading manufacturing hub. The ongoing quest for low cost production has drawn manufacturers’ attention to the clothing industry in Myanmar. The country has a long history of making yarn, fabric and garment.

About 100 years ago, Hand Weaving was started to do in Inpawkhon village in Inle Lake. At first, they started to weave with only cotton and a few years later, they weaved the shiny-silk and silk-clothe with silk-thread. After decode of years, we studied silk production in Thailand and weaved Zinn Mal silk adn Bangkok longyi. From that time on, Inlay silk production became to famous.

Both male and female Myanmars used to dress silk at the special occasions like wedding ceremony, Religious ceremony and other grand ceremonies as the ceremonial dress. Mandalay and Inle are the origin of silk fabric in Myanmar. Silk is made from fine, soft thread produced by silkworms.

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