Submitted by oriana on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 22:54.
Over the new year, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel a bit through Burma. It was unlike any other Southeast Asian country I have traveled too. Deeply steeped in a tradition of Theravada Buddhism intertwined with local elements such as the ubiquitous nats, this is a very spiritual place. It is also a place full of wonderful craft work, gifted hands working in the most manual ways I have ever seen. From intricate ikat silk weaving to the endless process of lacquerware, their tradition of craft is fantastically inspiring.
Understanding Lacquerware process from at Everstand, Bagan. Producers of the most high-quality, beautiful work I have seen.
Preparing for to paint the silk for ikat weaving, at Nan Mya Oo, Inle Lake
Gold leaf making in Mandalay. Gold sheets, resting on handmade, extra-strong bamboo paper, packed in deer hide, are pounded for hours.
Silk spinning in Mandalay
Patterns for temple finials at the Mahamouni Pagoda in Mandalay
Specialist buddha eye-maker at Mahamouni Pagoda, Mandalay
Offerings for sale at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
Sunrise in Bagan
Eggs for sale, old market on 26th Street, Yangon