Inle Lake was populated with small villages, each with its own speciality. The next stop on our boat trip was the pottery village.
The sign leading into the pottery village.
A potter working on a hand-built pot.
Pots being made by an expert on the pottery wheel.
The kilns were less well-made than the pots but they did the job.
This coloured earth was used for decoration.
Al said I could take one of the larger dragon pots home if I was willing to carry it for the next two months – it was tempting, they were pretty spectacular.
A bunch of pots and some round clay balls. The round clay balls turned out to be ammunition for sling-shots.
Pots are everywhere, but there are other things just as important to life, such as chiles.
This village was stockpiled to the rafters with corn, so it’s not just pottery that they’re known for.
After this we stopped at a bamboo house in the village to have tea and talk with a family.
The house was built in the traditional manner, with woven walls and a thatched roof. The latest addition was a solar panel added two years ago which powered a tiny TV.
Our next stop was the yummy smelling Rice Wine Village.