Wooden comb-making businesses dying due to lack of raw materials

Wooden comb-making businesses in Thet Kael Kyin Village, Monywa Township, have almost vanished due to lack of raw materials and substitution products.

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Workers make wooden combs at work in Thet Kael Kyin Village, Monywa Township. Photo: Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

“Earlier, the whole village was involved in weaving, making rosary beads, and the comb-making business. Now, the village is almost deprived of wooden-comb making businesses and weaving businesses. There are only four people who are still making wooden combs,” said Ko Myint, a local from Thet Kael Kyin Village.
Thet Kael Kyin Village is located 5 miles from Monywa town. The village has over 960 houses with 3,500 residents and over 800 households.
“Making a wooden comb involves ten steps. To make the combs, we were earlier using teak, Daung Nwe, Tamalan and Padauk wood. When the forests started to deplete over 30 or 40 years ago, we lost the opportunity to bring wood from the forests. Now, we are purchasing good-quality wood from firewood collectors to make the combs. The wooden combs are exported to international markets,” said a local involved in the comb-making business. —Myo Win Tun (Monywa)
(Translated by Hay Mar)

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