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Wholesale Crafts from Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar ( Burma ) Wholesale Crafts  including... Lacquer Thongs (Flip Flops) * Professional Marionette Puppets * Wall Tapestries (Kalagas) * Wholesale Lacquerware * Patio Furniture

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Wholesale Pottery        Wall Tapestries (Kalagas)

Lacquerware        Shwe Chi Doe Marionettes

Buddha Image Carvings        SCARVES

Wood Carvings        Other Products

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Kuan Yin Teakwood Carving 12 ft high

Kuan Yin ~ Solid Teakwood

Our Wholesale Crafts division sells quality crafts from Myanmar (Burma) including Marionette Dolls, Shwe Chi Doe Wall Tapestries (Kalagas), Teak Wood Carvings and Teak Outdoor Furniture.

We are major exporters of crafts such as Lacquerware, Wholesale Pottery and many other items including Buddha Images and other religious articles to special order.

We also sell handmade Thongs (Flip-Flops) which are finished with a coating of lacquer and are the traditional footwear worn in Myanmar.

All of our products are perfect for the wholesale gifts market and are handmade in Myanmar by the finest craftspeople.

Our Shwe Chi Doe Professional Marionette Puppets and Shwe Chi Doe Wall Tapestries (Kalagas) are unique to Myanmar and the quality is superb.


Myanmar Handicrafts

Travelling throughout Myanmar one often sees artisans carefully crafting their pieces. In Mandalay, the centre of Bamar arts and crafts there is to be seen many of the ancient crafts of Myanmar. Shwe Chi Doe tapestries are made here with their colourful threads, sequins and beads - these are also known as Kalagas which literally means "curtains". Shwe Chi Doe is a name for the style of the tapestry and so the name is also used for the marionettes which are made with similar decoration; there are many commercial marionettes made in Mandalay today and it is difficult to find a workshop which produces the traditional Dancing Puppet which is about 24 inches high and very colourful so that in a public performance the audience is able to see the puppets from a distance. The wood used is a light wood and not teak which you do find in the tourist shops - teakwood is supposed to add glamour to the puppet but just imagine a poor puppeteer having to work with something so heavy - especially when Zawgyi is performing!!

Mandalay artisans also produce wonderful wood and marble carvings and bronze castings. Some of the marble Buddha images are very tall indeed!

In Sagaing beautiful silk longyis (pronounced "lonjees") are made on the loom using up to one hundred shuttles! This style is called "Lun Yakyaw Cheik" - sometimes called "Lun Taya Acheik".

Near to Mandalay is Amarapura where traditional cotton garments are produced.

In Pathein one finds the traditional Myanmar Parasol ("Pathein Hti"): brightly coloured parasols with designs of flowers or scenes painted with either oil or water colours. Some of the handles are made from carved silver.

Silverware is another famous Myanmar handicraft and many fine examples of Shan silverware may be found in the Inle Lake area. The silverware industry of Myanmar is centuries old and in fact dates back to the Pyu period of the 2nd century. The traditional centre of Bamar silverware crafts is Ywahtaung Village in Sagaing across the Ayeyawady River from Mandalay. Sterling Silver is used in the manufacture of these crafts which comprises 92.5% Silver and 7.5% copper and this alloy is ideal for silverware crafting.

Intricate lacquerware is produced mainly in Bagan and it takes up to 6 months to make one piece! Don't be fooled by cheaper pieces - one knock and the lacquer is chipped! Of course, should you visit Myanmar these cheaper pieces are OK as souvenirs to remind you of your holiday.

There are many other cottage industry crafts made in Myanmar by fine craftspeople especially items relating to Buddhism, which is the religion of about 90 percent of the population.

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