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November 19, 2019

Kywaltakhar village in Pwintbyu Township preserving traditional bamboo handicraft

Men making mats with bamboo near Kywaltakhar village in Pwintphyu Township, Magway Region. Photo: Ye Win Naing (NyaungU)
Men making mats with bamboo near Kywaltakhar village in Pwintphyu Township, Magway Region. Photo: Ye Win Naing (NyaungU)

The residents of Kywaltakhar Village in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, engaged in bamboo handicraft businesses, such as making bamboo murals, thatched roofs, mats, and baskets, are doing well financially.
“We have a total of five villages in the Kywaltakhar village-tract and all villagers are earning well from the bamboo handicraft business. They have been engaged in the bamboo business for about 50 years. Handmade bamboo products are currently being sent to Pwintbyu, Magway, Minbu, and Salin townships. The price of bamboo murals ranges from K3,500 to K5,000, depending on the size, the bamboo baskets are priced between K500 and K1,000, and bamboo mats are fetching K5,000. The Township Co-operative Department established the Pinwaryone small business cooperative team in 2017 to improve the lifestyle of the locals and reduce poverty. We are doing well commercially with the bamboo handicraft business after taking loans from the Township Co-operative Department,” said U Phoe Htay, a bamboo handicraft seller from Pwintbyu Township.
Villagers in Kywaltakhar village, Pwintbyu Township, earn their living by making bamboo handicrafts on a manageable scale, and their handmade products have received a good feedback from buyers in Magway, Minbu, Salin, and Sinphyukyun Townships.— Ye Win Naing (NyaungU) (Translated by La Wonn)

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