Myanmaris a land with rich natural resources such as big forests and mineral ores. Themainstay economy is agricultural production and the government is carrying outthe development of agriculture as the base and all-round development of othersectors of the economy as well. There is nearly a hundred percent use ofnatural things and handicrafts still remaining in our country. The developedcountries utilize only the hi-tech products and they have almost on utilizationof handicrafts and natural products. As for the developing country like ours itis found that there are still utilization of natural products and handicrafts.One of the most popular handicraft activities in Myanmar is the traditionalweaving.

2.Brief History of Textile in Myanmar

Accordingto historical record, Myanmar Textile Industry has lasted over thousands ofyears. Ancient mural-painting, Palm-leaf writings and literatures indicate thatthe weaving industry thrived in the Bagan, Inwa and Amarapura eras.

Wallpainting of ancient pagodas, antique wood carvings and sculptures manifest thehigh quality of apparel woven by means of traditional weaving gears.Traditional weaving gears are hand operated, but it is possible to produce allbrilliant textile wears and clothes.

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About the Author:

Mr.Thein Lwin (MA, Myanmar Language and Literature; Post Graduate Diploma inArchaeology P.G.D.A.) is theDeputy Director General of Department of archaeology, National Museum andLibrary, Ministry of Culture of Myanmar.

This article wasoriginally presented at the 2nd ASEAN Traditional TextilesSymposium, Manila, February, 2009.