The Weaving Village on Inle Lake

Our journey along Inle Lake began early in the morning, and by three o’clock we had arrived back at the upper portion of the lake where the majority of the tourists spent their time.

Our last major stop was a weaving shop, definitely set up for the tourist crowd but fascinating non-the-less.
Inle Lake: Weaving VillageHere they produced an unusual thread from the lotus stalk. Below one of the workers demonstrates the gooey threads produced when the lotus stalk is pulled apart.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Demonstrating the First Step in Processing Lotus ThreadsThe fine threads were rolled into a coarse thread.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Processing the Lotus ThreadsHere a weaver is producing a length of fabric made totally from unbleached lotus thread. Although the cloth looks like burlap in the photo, in reality it looked elegant and expensive.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Weaving Lotus ThreadThis woman was weaving together white raw silk thread with unbleached lotus thread. The lotus thread was worth seven times as much as silk thread. I had wanted to buy some scarves made of this for my friends but backed off when I saw they cost about $200 each.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Weaving with Lotus and Silk ThreadsHere is another silk and lotus weave, with a finer silk thread and much less lotus. They didn’t allow any photos to be taken of the finished products in the shop so this is the best I could do.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Weaving with Lotus and Silk ThreadsI was amazed at just how complicated these hand-worked looms were to set up.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Loom This woman is weaving a plain white silk cloth.Inle Lake: Weaving VillageThe lotus thread can be dyed.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Showing Off the Lotus ThreadsThis cloth is made primarily from lotus thread dyed indigo and pink, with some silk added for stability.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Silk and Lotus WeaveThis is pure pink silk, and looks very different than the pink lotus cloth.
The Weaving Village on Inle Lake, Myanmar: A Loom with Pink Silk I have tried to show how magical this trip was on my art blog, Elizabatz Gallery: A Magical Tour of Inle Lake.

More on our November 2013 trip to Myanmar.

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