Friday, March 16, 2012

Ikats and Lotus Stalks

After a lunch of Shan noodle soup and tea at a local café, we took the boat to a weaving workshop. While the wooden loom setup was similar to those I had seen elsewhere, a material used was unique. Here, delicate strands from inside the lotus stalk were carefully removed, spun, and woven. The workshop also included ikat style weaving, with only the weft fibers being tie-dyed in distinctive patterns. 

On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Burma Cat Café, where we enjoyed the company of some of the most friendly (and beautiful) cats I have seen. The owner of the café has made it her mission to bring back the amicable breed to its native home in Myanmar/Burma. 

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