Traditional clay pot makers disappearing in Myothit Tsp

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Earlier, there were over 30 clay pot makers in Myothit Township. The number is less than 10 for now amid the shortage of labourers and raw materials.

The traditional clay pot makers are almost vanishing fast in Myothit Township, Magway Region as the residents primarily execute agriculture.
Earlier, there were over 30 clay pot makers in Myothit Township. The number is less than 10 for now amid the shortage of labourers and raw materials, said a pottery maker.
“It is 20 years that I have been engaged in this traditional clay pot business. I rarely see the makers these days. At present, I am making pots for the Thingyan festival. The pots for drinking water are also made. The makers sell Thingyan pot (locally called Ah-Tar-Oh) at K200 and K800 for a drinking water pot to the brokers, said U Thet Soe Htike, a pottery maker.
“The clay is crucial in making pots. A bullock cartload of clay is worth about K3,000. We have a shortage of raw materials and labourers. Additionally, the wholesale-retail price gap widens and the makers are making fewer profits, prompting some of them to turn to other business,”he quoted in his sayings.
The prices of clay pots range between K2,000-7,000 depending on design, size, and quality in the retail market. The prices of clay pots range between K2,000-K7,000 depending on design, size, and quality. — Win Ei Zun (IPRD), KK/GNLM

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