Weaving Luntaya Acheik Then and Now: The Making of Myanmar Traditional Dress

The Saunders art, gallery and museum (see photo) was opened on the August 2nd 2004 as a memorial of 90th anniversary of the Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute. It was supported by the Small Scale Industries department from Myanmar and Kanasarwa College from Japan. The objective of establishing the museum is for the developing of the vocational schools studies and small scale industries in rural area. There are three rooms: museum, demonstration room and gallery.

Fish shops at Staturday market

This Saturday market opens every Saturday and Wednesday. There are many shops on Saturdays but a few on Wednesdays. There are many shops such as flower shop, bag shop, dress shop, fish shop, tailor accessories shops, cheese shops, the bicycle-accessories shops, hot and cold drink shops which are crowded with sellers and buyers.

Time in the craft

“ Pronck” is one of the brewing company in Leiden, Netherlands, which was founded in 2014. Today we have Benjamin, one of the founder, who was a tax lawyer before guided us. His love and enthusiasm toward beer inspired him to start the brewery without the background of brewing ancestors, but with his university friends. 

Comparing Leiden and Amarapura (Myanmar) about Handloom Weaving

There are many ancient building and many records in Leiden. The weaving was the main economy in the 17th century. This city was many populations due to the weaving-related economy. In present, this area is nearly 15 weavers. They can mainly weave towel by using cotton or wooly. They use to weave by eight looms mostly. Weaving magazine publishes annually. The next generation is not interested this weaving.

Modernity with Tradition

“Laken” means woollen fabric or cloth. Weaving became the main economy for Leiden in the 17th century and the city became the working center. The city was populated due to the availability of works in the weaving industry. During the Dutch Golden Age, Leiden cloth was imported via Amsterdam, made quality cloth, national uniforms and the process was carried out by people of all ages of the city, from as young as 4 years old to and old person. To secure the quality of products which was the prestige of the city, they built the Lakenhal in 1641.

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