Myanmar attempts to find new markets for its handicrafts and hand-woven textiles

Tourists are enchanted by  the sights of handmade textiles on display at the art exhibition “Made in Myanmar 2”, which takes place at River Ayeyawady Gallery on 35th Street (Middle) in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Tourists are enchanted by the sights of handmade textiles on display at the art exhibition “Made in Myanmar 2”, which takes place at River Ayeyawady Gallery on 35th Street (Middle) in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 14 Dec —“Made in Myanmar 2”, the second art exhibition of traditional textile and crafts, has been launched at the River Ayeyawady Gallery here on Saturday, with the aim of introducing the arts of Myanmar to foreigners and encouraging the development of social enterprises in the country.
The event is being organized by Sunflowers Group from 13 to 19 December in partnership with 13 producers of traditional handicrafts and hand-woven textiles.
High quality products of the arts made from waste materials are on sale at fair prices at the exhibition, where visitors can view how textiles are woven in a traditional way, the River Ayeyawady Gallery told the Global New Light of Myanmar.
An American visitor stated that she found all handmade crafts on display enchanting, especially textiles made from lotus, and described the exhibition as a ‘wonderful event’.
According to event organizers, lotus textiles are rarer and more expensive than silk ones.
The Sunflowers Group said that it has plans to organize similar exhibitions on a large scale every year, adding that the group aims to expand the market for traditional hand-woven textiles in cooperation with local weaving schools.
Currently, the group has established trade links with four weaving schools in the country in a bid to improve the quality of Myanmar traditional handicrafts.
Japan and America are major importers of Myanmar traditional handicrafts, according to the Sunflowers Group.
The River Ayeyawady Gallery noted that the traditional textile industry generated more profits this year than last year, expecting to witness a further boom in the future. GNLM

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