Myanmar has a long tradition in the production of handicrafts ranging from lacquered wood sculpture for the manufacture of swords objects, but this has quickly become an organized industry, although the market for these products has increased.
Myanmar traditional market for local and foreign buyers has grown over the past two years, and places to buy these items have expanded from historical pagodas and Bogyoke market of art galleries and shopping centers.
There is still a vibrant art culture as people carved Darrpain common Hlegu in the region of Yangon, where they are being forged the profession of almost all the villagers, regardless of the market situation.
Myanmar traditional arts, known as “Ten arts” (Pan-is-mine), are held by the people in this city so far as the techniques transmitted generation to generation.
Prices are low in Myanmar handicrafts, especially for wood carvings, even if they are of a high standard. However, that makes it difficult for young people to enter the profession, essential for the production of a new generation of artists.
Many young artists carving wood have moved to the size of stores in China to work, noting that the sculptures of Myanmar do not get a good price.
Other measures are illegally trafficked across borders and sold at high prices abroad. crafts Myanmar often end up in China, they sold as local crafts.
T Thardu, president of the Association of Myanmar Arts and crafts said, “The exhibitions are held here and sculptures are for sale. But the dimensions that are not sold in the exhibition are subject to traffic illegally across the border.
“This shows that there are weaknesses in relation to intellectual property laws. It ‘also a major barrier to the development of the market. So, we must also improve the quality and quantity of Myanmar handicrafts”.
Size exporters say that the procedure to allow legal trade should be easy, opening the way for applicable taxes to be collected. “We sell mainly to China and Thailand. China imports a lot, but there are other major markets in Europe. But first, we need to improve the quality,” the exporter of handicrafts said, who asked not to not to be identified.
U Myint Soe, Director of Policy, Planning and Statistics Improvement of Commerce, said, “applying for a license is not that difficult. The legal operators are sure to enjoy the benefits provided by the government. In addition, in this way the country can receive more taxes. ”
The craft market has also been a bit ‘of increased local demand. T Thardu said the cuts were not as popular in the local market before, but are becoming more popular now that people have started to use them as decorative objects.
Maung Maung Aung T, owner of Aung Tun Collection wood, Said “, the arts caliber are included at the time, while the decoration of local buildings. As local demand has increased a bit ‘. Without it yet small shops depend on tourists.
“The prices of hand engravings Myanmar are low compared to their quality. We have to change that.”
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