Myanmar currency designer reveal his secret art

Everything that had to do with the utmost confidentiality. But when his work was completed, every man, woman and child in the country is distributed. The artists who designed the paint nation evaluates the national treasury. However, until recently, hardly anyone knew who they were.myanmar currency designer reveal his art

U Aye Myint, now 86, was the man who put Bogyoke Aung San in pockets and bags of the nation. With his team, he designed the K25 and notes released in 1972 K1 and K5 and K10 notes that came out the following year.

U Aye Myint, formed in the traditional arts and design capacity of Myanmar, has worked in the printing works in Wazi, Chauk Township safety. The news agency was established in 1972 under the technical direction of the German company Giesecke & Devrient.

“A money creation earlier, the government had always ordered from foreign countries -. The United Kingdom, Pakistan, India and the Soviet Union When they decided to do it here, we were not allowed to discuss our work with anyone, not even our closest colleagues , “U Aye Myint said, at his home near the monastery in Amarapura Maha Gandaryon.

He was assigned to work after having worked in Myanmar decorations Hall in Osaka, Japan, for Expo 70. At that time he was a designer with home industries department and Saunders Weaving School in Amarapura, Mandalay.

“Four of us were assigned to work: two for the administrative and the other two in design,” he said.

The design team has developed the project secret in England.

“We have worked on large-scale paper for the first time. From the design stage to production, everything was secret,” he said.

U Aye Myint - Myanmar Currency Art Designer

He said that almost none of its role even decades after the notes into circulation. But, with the help of his eldest daughter, Daw Khin Moe Pwint painter, who gradually recognized their role.

“My father did not want anyone to know. But I did not think it would hurt to tell people now,” he said.

“The K10 has characterized Bogyoke with a ceremonial bowl offer, all in reddish-brown, green and K1 showed the weaving machine. None of us knew what kids our father was working.”

Last June in Yangon and Mandalay now, with the help of her daughter, U Aye Myint held an exhibition of his works, including drawings of seals and ancient religious images of Myanmar. “I have also drawn lottery tickets,” he said.

E ‘was also responsible for three famous designs: represents the national referendum of 1973, which was the first ballot since the military coup of 1962; seals for mounting the first of people; and stamps issued by the 100th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union.

“When he was young, Indian postmen used to wear smart uniforms,” ​​he said.

With support from the Toyota Foundation, he has published the old design with Myanmar history professor Dr. Than Tun and others.

U Myint Aye has also worked on the design of the scale of Shwedagon Pagoda and Pitaka (Minkun) and lacquer murals Bagan Thiripyitsaya Resort.

He still works as a consultant in the design and emphasizes the ancient pagoda Myanmar design is still very much alive.

Still, the daughter is taking any chances on the legacy of U Aye Myint. Daw Khin Moe Wai said he plans to establish a small museum for his father, and to keep his artworks.

“My father has toured ancient pagodas studying the drawings. Nobody has worked harder than it looks.”

Also Read : Exploring Buddhist Art of Myanmar at the Asia Society

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