Inle Weavers

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 5 Dec 2017 22:47
Weavers We Met on Lake Inle
 
 
 
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Udin, our driver dropped us at a long, stilted house in the village of In Paw Khone where we were met by a lady who welcomed us.
 
 
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We were bade sit and watch a lady cutting a little nick across three stems of lotus plants, snapping, separating and twisting the juice that appeared.
 
 
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I wondered how much sap I could pull when I had a go with just one stem. I handed the result to Bear just as the breeze picked it up.
 
 
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The lady makes an average of fifty metres of yarn a day and once made into scarves retails for five times that of silk. We left this lady to her day-long task.
 
 
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The rest of the room was taken up with looms, we saw our first lotus thread scarf in progress.
 
 
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Fancy having to set this little lot up, so complex.
 
 
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The next loom was making a lovely piece of silk.
 
 
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A huge loom at the end of the room.
 
 
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Upstairs some wonderful rustic ‘machinery’.
 
 
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Another happy worker and a stand with thread drying.
 
 
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Looking out of the window we saw a ready supply of lotus plants.
 
 
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This lady was producing a piece of silk and we loved her stabiliser.
 
 
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Upstairs, this young lady was incredible, working the pedals with her feet, pulling the overhead cord that worked the shuttle, her left hand was pulling the beater and chatting. I tried to mimic her actions and failed miserably but gave the ladies a laugh in the process.
 
 
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We thought the shop was way too busy to do justice to the beautiful garments and scarves.
 
 
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Smashing to see these old beauties.
 
 
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Udin was finishing a game of table top snooker (looked like shove halfpenny).
 
 
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We went to look at the orchid collection.
 
 
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The plants were a lovely surprise.
 
 
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Time to join the traffic once more. One final look back at this interesting building.
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL AMAZING TO WATCH
                     VERY AGILE AND ADEPT