Pathein is famous for is its locally made Pathein umbrella, which is unique in style and a typical souvenir for tourists as the umbrellas are available win many parts of the country. These days, Pathein umbrellas are selling well in the town of Pathein, in Ayeyawady region because of increased tourist arrivals.
Tourists visiting Chaung Tha and Ngwe Hsaung beaches usually drop by Pathein, where they visit the pagodas and buy souvenirs, mostly umbrellas, which are made of wood and cloth.
Nationnwide, the Pathein umbrella is selling well in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Nyaung U, Taunggyi, Inlay and Mawlamyine. These umbrellas are given as gifts at novitiations, ceremonies, ear piercing ceremonies, wedding receptions and charitable activities. The colorful umbrellas are also used to decorate hotels, restaurants and shops as a trendy mark of Myanmar culture.
Tourism companies also order Pathein umbrellas bearing their company logos. Italian, French, German, English and American tourists are the major clients.
Currently, the Pathein umbrella is selling for Ks3,000 to K 0.1 million, depending on the design, texture of the cloth used and sizes.
Pathein umbrellas are completely natural, handcrafted products with a combination of beauty and flexibility. The umbrellas are made of bamboo, wood and cloth and are decorated or painted mostly with flowers or landscapes.
The art of making of umbrellas has been passed from generation to generation for over 1,000 years, with the production of the umbrellas is still very active.