Lotus Silk

This has to be one of the most labor-intensive jobs we saw while in Burma.

Raw material - the stems of lotus plants.

We saw a lot of meticulous work being performed by Burmese women, but these women had less to show for a full day’s work than most – a few yards of colored lotus silk thread.

This woman cut through the stems and skillfully extracted a few inches of fibers. Spooling the lotus silk thread.
Combining the colored thread one at a time. Dyeing the silk.

1 comment

  • Jaysen Brown

    This looks wonderful! My wife and I are looking for a nice 4-5 week trip come next summer or the summer after and think this may be it. Any advice?
    many thanks, Jay

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