5 things you never knew about the Burma craft scene

Weaving in Myanmar

We always love that sewing is a skill that has been treasured and practised by generations before us. We’re forever meeting sewists who were taught to stitch by a parent or grandparent, and we’re endlessly fascinated when we get to delve into the stories of traditional crafts or visit places where these age-old skills are cherished and celebrated. That’s exactly what Stitchtopia (holiday tour operators with a crafty twist) are exploring in their Thread Your Way Through Burma trip next Autumn!

The holiday, led by stitching expert Karin Hellaby will tour Myanmar (formerly known as ‘Burma’) in November 2018. Holiday makers will enjoy a jam-packed trip, drinking in the sights while visiting a wide range of local artisans and traditional crafts that have been practised throughout the region for decades and centuries past.

5 things we never knew about Myanmar…

  1. The range of crafts that have been passed through the generations and are still practised today include weaving, silk making and puppet making.
  2. “longyi” is the name of the sarong-like garment which is a central part of Burmese national dress – it’s worn by women and men.
  3. Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous poem ‘The Road to Mandalay” about the country’s iconic city, which is famed for its architecture
  4. “Lotus flower weaving” is a real thing! The women in Inle Lake have been weaving luxury soft cloth from plant stems for over a hundred years. We want to try it!
  5. The capital Langon’s must-see sights include a 72 metre reclining Buddah!

If this has made you want to see it for yourself, the 13-night Thread Your Way Through Burma holiday will be setting off in November 2018 – to find out more or book a stitchy adventure, visit www.stitchtopia.co.uk.

Puppet making in Myanmar