5 souvenir crafts to buy in Myanmar

Most visitors could not think Burma great place to buy arts and crafts, but there are some real gems to be found in the markets, shops and factories. The crafts practiced in Burma are centuries old and many of them make great gifts and a way to support the Burmese culture.

  1. Lacquerwware


Lacquer is a form of art practiced throughout Asia in places like China, Japan and of course Burma. This art form is carved or inlaid boxes, cups, bowls and various other tableware and perhaps what to buy if you want something in Burma. In Burma, the lacquer is the sap that converts native Thitsee block when exposed to air. He brushed or coated on to form a nice smooth surface. Must be resistant to heat and humidity of sale and staff this good show. Bagan is the center / sales making lacquer Burma, but you can buy elsewhere at a higher cost, including Yangon Bogyoke market.

2. Puppets

puppetsEntertainment provided by puppets remains a popular art form in Burma today. However, when a puppet soldiers were ordered and well maintained by royalty. The stories told by the troops were far from carrying messages of the leaders of his people and even upside down. Today, the art of puppetry is still practiced in Burma.

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3. Buddha Image Wood Carving

wood carving

Carved Buddha images can be found everywhere in Burma with its Buddhist heritage. These are often beautifully designed and can be made of wood, stone or bronze. Artisan creation of Buddha images are often found around large monasteries.

Individual wood carvings can be found in Burma, some of the most picturesque, but touristy, images are fishermen on Inle Lake, complete with a removable pallet and suspended fish.

       4. Wall Tapestry

wall tapestry

Shwe Doe Chi is one of the most popular forms of Burmese embroidery. Use cotton, colored son, beads and sequins. So once used to create garments for royalty and nobles now mass products for ordinary people and tourists. Always done manually by hand and you can see women produce work in factories and workshops across the country. Mandalay has many of them, with its royal past, as does Yangon. Yangon Bogyoke Market is a place to collect a tapestry.
       5. Scarves and lungyis
wall tapestryIf you’ve admired the silk scarves and beautiful clothing colors of Burmese who would take their own. The traditional skirt, lungyi, used by men and women is available in several colors, tones and styles from around the country and are very comfortable and cool to wear.

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