Handicrafts & Workshops

The Parasol Project

Posted on September 10th, by Juan in Art, Handicrafts & Workshops. No Comments

Shan Paper and Umbrella Workshop in Pindaya

Posted on January 13th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 11 comments

Smiles of Myanmar

Myanmar people are enchanting and very friendly. They always have a smile on their face and are ready to help you and chat with you. If you smile at anyone, you’ll get an amazing smile back! Check out the following photos and… SMILE! ;)In this first photo, my friend from a little tea stall on a Yangon street.

These two are mother and sister of the boy in the previous picture and are very special to me. They have a tea stall in the street which I went many nights for a quick dinner. The only thing she could offer me to eat was “tomato mix”. First time I said, ok, don’t know what it is but go ahead. It was delicious! Tomatoes, nuts, onions and many spices!

This girl and the one in the picture … Read More »

Eco Design Using Bamboo in Rural Burmese Houses

Posted on August 14th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. No Comments

Bamboo is used as building material in villages in Myanmar. There are 963 bamboo forests and 96 different species.

Bamboo belongs to the grass family and it is the fastest-growing plant on earth, growing between 60 and 100 cm per day. The husk, that you can see in the picture, is used for making hats as in this workshop in Mawlamyine (Moulmein).

Villagers use machetes, like the one on this man’s back, to cut down the bamboo.

This man is cutting and flattening bamboo canes so that it can be used to make the walls for a house.

This is the result of the flattened bamboo woven together. In rural villages houses are made completely from bamboo, even the windows and roofs.

Close up view of woven bamboo wall with a little friend.

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Best Shopping in Yangon: Bogyoke Market

Posted on August 2nd, by Juan in Activities, Handicrafts & Workshops. 4 comments

Bogyoke Market is the most popular market in Yangon with more than 2,000 shops and a big selection of handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery & gems, antiques and art galleries.

Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, is located in central Yangon and was built in 1926 under the British rule, and is therefore an example of colonial architecture.

If you find your way out of the narrow passageways that make up the market, at the back you will find some cafes and restaurants.

Larger shops can be found on the outer streets of the market.

One of the most popular items for sale at the market are the traditional ‘longyi’ skirt worn by women.

Inside the market you will find many stalls like this one filled with the different styles and ethnic designs.

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8 Innovative Uses for Bamboo in Myanmar

Posted on July 15th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 2 comments

Bamboo is a versatile and widely used material in Myanmar. It’s common to see innovative solutions, like this bridge, created out of this sustainable resource around the country.

In this photo you can see that they use bamboo not only as the material to build their houses in the countryside, but also the stairs.

This stairs are 100% made of bamboo and very useful in this type of hut.

Look how they did each step with 2 bamboo canes to make the steps more comfortable to climb and the steps are fixed to the main structure with another piece of bamboo.

This bamboo plant pot caught my attention because of it’s simplicity and eco design.

Other countryside bamboo innovations include this useful device: they tie the cows up to a bamboo cane with … Read More »

Bamboo Hat Workshop on Ogre Island, Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

Posted on June 12th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 1 Comment

These typical burmese hats are handmade from bamboo husk in workshops like this one on Ogre Island, Mawlamyine (Moulmein). They are very light and are great protection from the sun and from the rain. The peak at the top of the hat on the left is made from a piece of plastic from an old bag of potato chips. Let’s see the process of making it in the following pictures.

The bamboo husk comes from very thick bamboo canes and is cut to form the pattern to the right of the lady. She is arranging the husks and securing them together with bamboo pins.

The next step is to join the bamboo husks together using thin bamboo strings.

A stack of hats waiting for the next step in production line with some weights on top … Read More »

Pottery Workshop in Twante, near Yangon

Posted on March 7th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. 3 comments

Potter sieving the clay to separate out the good quality fine powder. The bigger pieces that remain in the basket will be crushed using the wooden instrument in the background. Someone bounces on the left end, whilst holding the bamboo railing, to breakup the clay rocks at the other end.

The fine clay powder is mixed with water.

The potter turns the wheel manually, shaping the clay with her hands. You can see what she is making in the next two pictures.

She uses her fingers to skillfully shape the clay into a small dish.

Final step: the dish is cut away from the rest of the clay using a thin wire. These small dishes are used in monasteries to hold candles made using paraffin and a wick.

Recently made samples. Amazingly, all … Read More »

Traditional Burmese Parasols

Posted on January 29th, by Juan in Handicrafts & Workshops. No Comments

Handmade Burmese parasols with different designs.

Strips of bamboo for making the parasols.

Worker glueing the cotton parasol to the bamboo structure.

Woman sewing the main bamboo structure using an intricate pattern.

Parasols are hand-painted and lacquered so that they can stand up to sun shine and rain.

Three meter burmese parasol with spectacular design and on the right the bamboo structure before being covered.

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