Arts and Crafts

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Myanmar is endowed with beautiful natural scenic spots. Especially, Shan state (North), the residing place of the Shan nationalities is rich with green environs. In Shan state, many plants and trees, which are beneficial to mankind, grow in large numbers. Paper can be made from a kind of fibre and the local people can make a living out of them.

First, the bark is exposed in the sun and soaked in water for a night. Then it is mixed with water, lime and ash and boiled heated. Ten viss of raw material are boiled for about one day. Afterwards, it is beaten with wooden slab and stirred while keeping in bamboo tube. thin-paper-02When they become crumbled, pour them on a large cotton sieve with a wooden frame, and separated them to get smooth paper.
Then, these are exposed in the sun for about five to fifteen minutes and pieces of paper are obtained. A five-member family can make 300 to 500 sheets of paper a day. The papers are delicate and can folded easily like a piece of cloth and they can soak water.

Because you can find the raw material all around the country, this kind of cottage industry involving paper making is thin-paper-03carried widely only in the Shan states. The fine paper we get here is distinctly used to create traditional elephant figures used in elephant dances in Myanmar.

 

 

 

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