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July 18, 2019

Residents of Yay Pauk Gyi village earn additional income from weaving

A woman weaving silk thread on a loom in Yay Pauk Gyi village, Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region.  
Photo : Ye Win Naing (Nyaung Oo

Local families living in Yay Pauk Gyi Village, Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, said they are happy with the additional earnings generated from weaving cloth by hand on a small scale.
There are more than 3,000 people residing in 623 homes in Yay Pauk Gyi Village. While the villagers mainly depend on agriculture for their livelihood, they practise weaving during their free time, with people from neighbouring villages purchasing their hand-woven cloth. The villagers produce longyis for men and sarongs for women, blankets, towels, and schoolbags and sell them in villages within the township to earn additional income.
“Our village has more than 3,000 people living in over 600 houses. We mainly pursue agriculture. Our village is quite far from Pwintbyu Township. So, we cannot cultivate crops with the use of irrigation water and depend on rain instead,”U Nyo, the leader of the village said.
“Therefore, we are weaving cloth on a manageable scale to earn extra income. All the people in our village practise weaving,” he added.
“We sell longyis for K6,000-9,000, depending on the type of loom, towels for K2,500, andcotton bags for K2,500. The price of our blankets ranges between K15,000-17,5000, depending on the size,” said a local weaver from the village.— Ye Win Naing (Nyaung Oo)
(Translated by Hay Mar)

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