Weaving Luntaya Acheik: The Making of Myanmar Traditional Dress

This photo is from a book written by U Shwe Htun about textile industry and textile design. The author traces the history of acheik and the processes of acheik from its origin until 2005. It is a good source to understand the acheik's history, its evolution, how to weave in order to get an acheik and how to preserve it. It explores how acheik  was not allowed to be woven in Bagan period and in the Innwa period a lower quality of it was woven. But in the late Innwa and the early Konbaung period, a higher quality was encouraged.

Trades of a Town: Tendu Patta

Madhya Pradesh is India’s leading tendu leaf producing state. Used primarily to make Beedi , this valuable forest produce has a history of control and ownership over the years. Piyush Kothari (63), a local tendu merchant based in Pipariya, talks about the changes in the trade and how the town’s proximity to nearby forest tracts made it suitable for the early traders. Excerpts from our recorded conversation (December 2017):   

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

The Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute accept the trainees by per year/per month. There is regular training as well as other vocational training. Moreover, this institute learn the requirement of training school if the local organizations make the request according to the requirements of their organization.

Ride for the initiation ceremony

“In the initiation ceremony, people borrow horse cart from me. But indeed, they prefer the bullock cart that decorated well with the crystal and golden paint to my horse cart. In the past (around 20 years ago), this idea that the bullock cart was more valuable was more obviously seen.”  This was shared by a lady who is one of people who lend cart to others.

I found that the people are still proud to use the bullock cart for the initiation ceremony. 

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.

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