August 19, 2016

Jade jewellery course underway in Myitkyina

THE Northern Tawwin Jade Company Ltd is running a free course on jade jewellery making in Myitkyina in Kachin State, said company spokesperson U KZ Naw Nor. The two-year course has been running since 27 October.
A total of 17 trainees will be provided with a stipend of K50,000 and free meals. When the trainees become more proficient they will receive monthly salaries, he said. The students will be taught to make fine jade jewellery and the company will allow them open shops of their own following graduation. The trainees can also become instructors in the next round of courses, said the factory official.
The course is being held with the aim of improving livelihood opportunities for impoverished locals with low levels of education, he said.
Rough jade can be bought with government approval from private companies in Phakant area. The jade factory, operates 50 goldsmith machines, will teach trainees how to make jade bead strands, jade sculptures, jade bangles and decorate pieces of jade gems, according to U KZ Naw Nor.
Phakant is well-known for its abundance of jade, including varieties of imperial jade.


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