Chin traditional weavers in Kalay face tougher challenges

Rising raw material hits traditional weaving in Kalay, Sagaing Region. Photo: Shin Nay Min
Rising raw material hits traditional weaving in Kalay, Sagaing Region. Photo: Shin Nay Min

Chin traditional weaving businesses in Kalay, Sagaing Region, are facing difficulties to continue their trade due to rising prices of raw materials and lowering the selling prices of their finished products, said weavers in Kalay, Sagaing Region.
“We have to purchase the cotton from the merchants at a new high price. Then, we have to sell the finished traditional textile at the old low price. We cannot increase the price on the finished traditional textile. The merchants are also purchasing the finished traditional textile at lower than the existing prices,” said U Myo Myint Naing, chairman of Shwe Htatetan Chin Traditional Textile Association.
“Therefore, we cannot increase the salary for the skilled labours. And the skilled labours also do not want to work in the Chin traditional textile business as they are not earning much,” he added.
The Chin traditional weaving businesses in Kalay have almost stopped.
As for our traditional textile businesses, the price of cotton is becoming very expensive.
The price of cotton has increased to Ks 31,000 per viss from Ks 29,500 per viss. The price of silk has also increased 50 percent to Ks 15,000 from Ks 9,500.
Traditional textile sold at Ks 30,000 includes a skilled labour charge of Ks 10,000 while a traditional textile sold at Ks 15,000 includes a skilled labour charge of Ks 4,000. Some of the skilled textile workers are now working as mason and other hard labour as they can more.
Most of the small scale traditional textile businesses earn less profit while the majority of the profits are earned by the merchants it is learnt. — Shin Nay Min (Gangaw)

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