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Amarapura Township, Mandalay city
21° 55' 5.0268" N, 96° 3' 54.7812" E


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


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It is the further findings of the author U Shwe Htun's Lunyakyaw Kyogyi Acheik . He discusses the various patterns which have been continuously woven from Innwa period to until now. Although the fabric in the late Colony period was the full breadth and width cloth with sparseless designs, they change to wear the sparse designs now. The three types of acheik ( mulamuhman kyogyi acheik to khitthit kyogyi acheik and fashion kyogyi acheik) are innovated to weave step by step. The first occurred mulamuhman kyogyi acheik is not now woven anywhere in Myanmar. The weaving method of this acheik needs to maintain in time because of cultural heritage. Then, he explains one sketch which includes the exact number of looms, design and proportion for weaving and the preparation of loom before the weaving. Moreover, the line, form, direction, composition, colour, tone size, proportion, thickness and balance are also emphasized to get a good fabric. He point out that the weaver needs to have a good imaginary and creativity although there are many preparations. The place of looms have arranged systematically without error. For the raw materials, the silk thread and nylon thread from Chinese, Japan and Maymyo (Myanmar) were used in Colony period.

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