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Notes from the field and photo by Ms. Khin Khin Nyein (Third year Honors)
The housing pattern is usually with bamboo matting in Htan Taw Village. The people in Htan Taw village depend mostly on natural products like this kind of bamboo matting for their housing pattern rather than artificial products. On the other hand, in contrast, these kinds of natural products are more perishable than artificial. They have to cope with this problem with their intuition. Some of them apply emulsion paint, oil rust and the substance that drive the insects away on these bamboo mattings to protect the roof from insects and the climate condition.
One local informant (he seemed like an educated person) said, “If we apply the oil rust, the life span of bamboo matting will double,” enthusiastically, “then we let this set as normal.”