Myanmar traditional arts and crafts faces shortage of artisans, skilled labours

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A worker creates a traditional floral design for religious edifice.

There is shortage of skilled local artisans despite the rise in demand Myanmar traditional crafts.
It is rare to find the skilled artisans who can make items cast or wrought from bronze, copper, and brass in the traditional handicraft industry. The religious items such as umbrella, writing inscription are offered at the monasteries, the pagodas and the religious edifices, and the demand went up this year compared to that in the previous years. This art of making items cast or wrought from bronze, copper, and brass is one of ten Myanmar traditional arts and crafts. The demand is high in open season. However, the shortage of artisans renders the businessmen difficult to meet the demand, said a businessman who is engaged in making items cast or wrought from bronze, copper, and brass industry in Pyinmana Township.
An artisan making item cast or wrought from bronze, copper, and brass is hired at Ks12,000 to 15,000 a day. Those assistants who are still learning are paid Ks8,000 a day. This job allows them to earn well, it is learnt.

 

Min Ma Haw (IPRD)

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