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Myanmar Mat:

The mat is an essential accessory in a Myanmar household. It is weaved from thin straps of the Thin Reed.The Thin Reed grows in the swamp areas of Ayeyawady Delta region and Taninthayi Division of Lower Myanmar. The traditional mat weaving industry flourishes at Pantanaw, Danubyu, Laymyetnha, Hinthada and Maubin Townships in Ayeyawady Division.

It takes at least about twelve days to weave a mat. The Thin is systematically processed by being cut, sunned, soaked in water and peeled into straps before being woven into a mat. The thin straps are dyed to be colourfully woven.

A mat has two layers. A mat which only has the upper layer woven in decorative designs is called “one smooth side” mat. When both of the two layers are woven in patterns, the mat is called “two smooth sides”.

The Thin straps are dyed to be colorfully woven. Mat weaving is a lucrative home industry. The mat goes in conformity with Myanmar’s culture as well as Myanmar’s hot weather.

A traditional mat lay in a Myanmar house adds auspiciousness to its interior.




Rattan Wares & Bamboo Hats:
Cane, like bamboo, is an important, useful material for Myanmar people. Cane is used when we build houses, boats, carts, floats and even use as a wrapping rope. Everywhere in the west forests in plain regions and lower parts of the mountain cane can be found.

Today, in Yegyi Township at Ayeyarwady Division, weaving and exporting rattan wares has become the main business. Weaving of bamboo strips, bamboo and cane for household wares is an ancient traditional art in Myanmar. The ability of its lightness, length, durability and flexibility, derives the use of rattan wares from daily household wares into beautiful decorative materials. The art of weaving rattan wares is interesting to spend your leisure time. It is very simple and does not need a lot of equipments and raw materials also can be obtained easily. Even the blinds can weave.

That is why even children weave rattan-wares during vacations and it becomes family business. They weave various kinds of goods according to orders and sent to Yangon to polish and export to countries such as Netherland, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Singapore and Korea.

Bamboo strip hats made in Yegyi Township and Ngathaingchaung Township are very famous. Today, bamboo strip hat has become export product as they are popular among golf players.





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