Here are some of the crafts that were for sale in shops and by street vendors. Bargaining was expected.
We visited a family that makes fans that are given out to guests on special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and when young men become monks.
We also visited the workshop of a lacquer industry. The forms are handmade of bamboo and numerous coats of lacquer are applied and decorated. The gentleman who owned the shop was very proud that he was able to meet President Obama at a display of Burmese handcrafts arranged for the President’s visit to the country.
We also visited a weaving workshop where lotus, silk, and cotton fabrics where produced. This women is spinning fibers from the stems of lotus plants – unique to this particular workshop.
Throughout our travels we saw an abundance of gorgeous textiles.