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June 03, 2020

Local-made lotus towels find market in Japan

Women showing how lotus thread prepare to make lotus towel at a booth.  Photo : Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-printing House)
Women showing how lotus thread prepare to make lotus towel at a booth.  Photo : Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-printing House)

Japan is the largest buyer of towels woven with lotus thread, said Ko Nay Myo Thet of Pan Organic Wear of Amarapura Towsnhip, Yangon Region.
Pan Organic Wear is buying the thread derived by the residents from lotus stalks of the plants thriving in Soanye Inn lake near Soanye village in Kyaukse Township as raw material for the industry. The company is selling a towel woven with lotus and silk at over K 100,000 and with pure lotus at over K 400,000.
“Fabrics made of lotus thread are too rare. We want the people know about their excellent qualities. They can cool you down in summer and warm you up in winter. Besides, they are light and easy to wash. Those are their advantages. Most Myanmar people wear the lotus towel around the next as a muffler, but foreigners typically wrap it around the waist as a longyi. So we made the towels for duel use. Six person have to work through the difference stages of weaving for three consecutive days to produce a lotus thread towel. Unlike the imported cloths, lotus thread fabrics are rare commodity which takes time to produce one. So I would urge our people to buy locally made goods,” he said.
Pan Organic Wear is also producing longyis (man’s sarong) dyed with natural agents, apart from lotus thread towels, with the strength of 20 workers. It is also producing new generation weavers, according to local sources.
The company buys a viss (3.6 pounds) of lotus thread between Ks 300,000 and Ks 400,000 depending on the quality. The lotus season begin in April every year.—Min Htet Aung (Mann Sub-printing House) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin) )

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