Photographer's Note

A well known Burmese saying, weave while there is moonlight ( Make hay while the sunshines.) encourages finishing works in time.
Many types of weaving and styles have spread throughout the country. Here is this village in Shan state lotus root is used, finer than silk and more expensive. Weaving is done by both Intha and Shan women.
the loom itself I find fascinating, a frame with disc-shaped pedals is used for weaving. The weft yarn is wound onto a stick and is passed by hand through the narrow warp. It is possible to weave for instance three bags a day on this loom. Side by side with traditional looms are 'modern' frame looms with pulley-operated box shuttles which are used to make bags with simple supplementary weft patterns in wool on a cotton warp. In contrast 5 or 6 bags could be made in a day.

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