Basket weavers in Thayet Township in Magway Region earned handsome profits from the sale of bamboo baskets, said U Tin Hlaing Win, a basket weaver from Meepoke Village.
U Tin Hlaing Win said that weavers now pay Ks250-300 per bamboo pole, used as raw material to make a finished bamboo basket. A bamboo pole produces three baskets used to carry soil at construction sites. Professional basket makers can make 15 baskets per day. They generally spend Ks100 as production cost and earn Ks500 per basket, earning a profit of Ks400 each.
He added that basket makers can produce two baskets used to store betel leaves from bamboo poles. A basket weaver can make 10 baskets of this kind per day. This type of basket is sold for Ks1,000, with production costs of Ks150 per basket.
Basket weaving operates as a family business in the rural areas. In some villages, a majority of villagers are skilled in basket weaving, a trade they have learned from their forefathers.
Zaw Htet (Thayet)