Initially we had just hired Aung Aung for a trip to U Bien Bridge and the Jade Market.
But he enthused so much about the weaving workshops, the stone carvers’ workshops, the woodcarvers’ workshops, and the metalworkers’ workshops, and somehow we ended up visiting all these places plus a pagoda on our way to the Jade Market.
From the bridge our first stop was a weaving workshop.
This piece looked as if it were embroidered, not woven.
One of the simpler weaving patterns. Most of the weavers were working with extremely complex multiple sheet patterns.
I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to try weaving while juggling dozens of bobbins.
The lustrous silk threads in all their glory.
Everywhere you go you run into threads…
The stop seemed all above board; Aung Aung didn’t appear to get a commission even though I bought a silk/cotton blouse. From there we were off to the Woodcarvers’ workshop and then to the Stone Carvers’ District: Carving Statues of Buddha in Stone.