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
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
are unique to Myanmar and the quality is
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!!
artisans also produce wonderful wood and marble carvings and bronze castings.
Some of the marble Buddha images are very tall indeed!
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".
Amarapura where traditional cotton garments are produced.
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.
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
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
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.