Burmese parasol

The Parasol Project

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

Josiane Pollet

Posted on November 25th, by Juan in Art. No Comments

Let me introduce you Josiane Pollet, a great artist from Belgium and the person who designed the Myanmar Travel Essentials’ logo. She is passionate about Myanmar and re-visits the country almost every year.

Here Josiane wants to share with all of us her collection of drawings from Myanmar, many of which are inspired by my photos (which makes me very proud!)

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 »

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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