Sale of manageable-scale handicrafts declines in Coronavirus period

Myanmar handicraft market has declined due to fewer travellers amid COVID-19 restrictions.   PHOTO: Htoo Eain (Chaung Sone)
Myanmar handicraft market has declined due to fewer travellers amid COVID-19 restrictions. PHOTO: Htoo Eain (Chaung Sone)

The outbreak of coronavirus disease has caused the sale of handicrafts such as tobacco pipes and other personal goods on a manageable scale to decline in Ywalut village in Chaungzon township, Mon state, according to the local handicrafts makers.
Although the handicrafts sold well for K50,000 daily previously, most of the shops had to be closed in viral infection period and there are no buyers at the handicrafts shops. The handicrafts are sold for between K500 and K81,000, said U Than Zaw, a tobacco pipe and other personal goods maker.
Although the handicrafts particularly tobacco pipes and other personal goods are purchased not only by the local visitors from other regions but also by foreign visitors, there are only a few buyers in the handicraft shops because of the pandemic.
In the past, the handicrafts were sent to Mawlamyine, Hpa-an and Bago as the export products. Now, the handicrafts are sold only in the handicraft shops. Since the outbreak of global infectious disease, there have been very few or almost no travellers in Mon state and the sale of handicrafts has been cool in the market, he added. Previously, there were many tobacco pipe makers in the village. Now, only a few people are engaging in tobacco pipe businesses. The village is manufacturing over 25 personal goods such as tobacco pipes, crutches, pens, combs, trays, spoons, forks, mortars and tea sets.—Htoo Eain (Chaung Sone) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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