I didn’t want to skip one very important and fascinating topic in my last travel report about my trip to Burma, this is why it now gets extra attention: the country’s arts and crafts with focus on textiles and the making of the longyi – scarves, the new limited collection on http://www.silviagattin.com.
Apart from paper parasols (visit Pathein), silver and metal ware (we saw plenty at Inle Lake) and wood carvings (just have a look at all those breath-taking temples and monasteries) other traditional crafts include lacquerware (you could go bankrupt while shopping) and tapestries and textiles.
Kalaga (tapestries) are pieces of colored clothes heavily embroidered with silver or gold thread, metal sequins and glass beads and often feature mythological Burmese figures in padded relief. Mandalay is Mecca for such tapestries, where most of them are produced.
Tribal textiles and wavings produced by the northern tribal villagers and ethnic groups, such as the Chin, Naga, Kachin and Kayin, are also extremely beautiful, especially antique pieces. Among traditional hand-woven silk longyis (= skirt, Burmese most worn piece of cloth, both by men and women), woven on hundred spools, are the most prized.
See here some pictures of the production process of such hand-woven longyis being the base for our limited scarf collection online soon on http://www.silviagattin.com: