Handmade baskets boost income in Mandalay

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A woman makes handmade plastic woven baskets for selling in Amarapura Township, Mandalay. Photo: Tain Ta Man

“WE, married women in Myitlaung Village near Myitnge Town, Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, raise our income by weaving a wide range of plastic baskets,” said Ma Win Win, a basket maker.
“This is a home-based job opportunity for us. We buy raw materials from the plastic factory in Industrial Zone 1 in the region, paying Ks1,200 per kilo,” she added.
The majority of married women in the village mainly rely on production of handmade plastic woven baskets for their survival. In the region, this is a family business, with most married women working from home, she added. There is a regular demand for the handmade woven plastic baskets, which are available in different sizes, designs and colours. They have mostly been sent to Shwebo, Myitkyina and Mandalay markets. The wholesale price for a basket is Ks1,500. In the retail market, the prices rose to Ks2,000 from Ks1,500.
“We receive wages of Ks500-Ks600 per basket based on size,” a local basket maker said.

 

Tain Ta Man

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