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August 08, 2018

Let Khat Than project to develop weaving industry

Women weave traditionally.  Photo: Supplied
Women weave traditionally.  Photo: Supplied

To develop the weaving industry in Myanmar, the Small-Scale Industries Department, the British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation have implemented a three-year project called “Let Khat Than” in 2017.
Two experts from United Kingdom (UK) started the project in July 2017 by reviewing the curriculum and syllabus of weaving training schools in Myanmar. With advice from two experts, trainers from the weaving training schools across the country held a workshop at the Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute in Amarapura Township in January 2018. The second workshop and woven textiles exhibition is also being held at the Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute from 24 to 28 February, said Daw Nay Chi Thwin, a project manager from the British Council.
“The workshop and exhibition was organised to exhibit Myanmar weaving works to the world and create a network among the weavers. Other programmes such as educating the weaving trainers and setting up a weaving reference access will also be carried out during the three-year period,” she added.
Principal of Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute Daw Tint Tint also said that “Let Khat Than” is aimed at strengthening the weaving industries in Myanmar. “Therefore, we are cooperating with the British Council to develop the weaving sector by teaching modern courses at our institute,” she said.
The British Council and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland, are organising the workshop and exhibition from 24 to 28 February at Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region, in which the weaving textiles of 11 businesspersons are being displayed. —Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-Printing House)

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