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Building Vocational Skills


The Saunders Art, Gallery and Museum were opened on the August 2, 2004 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute. It was supported by the Small Scale Industries Department (Myanmar) and Kanasarwa College (Japan). The objectives of establishing the museum were to develop vocational school studies and small scale industries in rural area. There are three rooms: museum, demonstration room and gallery.

In the Museum are displayed over 150 items such as statues depicting different ethnic groups like the Kachins, Kayahs, Kayins, Chins, Mons, Rakhines, Shans, traditional costumes and photos, ingredients used in the natural dye, weaving-related materials, natural dyes, painting, acheik attires of the kings and queens in the Yadanabon period, and elementary designs and patterns which are taught. These artefacts have been donated and also acquired.

In the Gallery are displayed products for sale – towels, shawls, shirts, sarongs (pasoe), accessory bags, purses, many types of acheik, cane baskets, te equipment used to make lacquer ware, and paintings.

Every gallery is a wooden building on stilts with planks for flooring and walls, and galvanized iron sheet for roof. Built in 1963, the original building was a men’s hostel. The museum is open daily except on the weekend and gazette holidays. There is no entrance fee as it is a teaching institute.


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